Vietnam – The Mekong Delta is adjusting to global warming
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Although hit by sea-level rise and salinization of its soils, the economy of the Mekong Delta grew by 7.8% in 2018, its highest level in four years. What is the reason for this? Following Resolution 120 on the adaptation of the Mekong Delta to climate change adopted in 2017 by the Vietnamese government, local authorities reduced the area previously devoted to rice fields and salt pans in order to develop other agricultural activities that were more profitable because they were better adapted to the new conditions. As a result, rice farmers have turned themselves into fruit growers, fish farmers and stockbreeders, with shrimp farming in particular showing great success.
While it is still too early to draw detailed conclusions, the problem is definitely global. Strained by the interacting impacts of global warming and human activities, freshwater supplies are precious and increasingly monitored.
For example, click here, to read the SCO’s report on: “How water dynamics are changing in the Yangtze River Basin (China), which has been under satellite surveillance for more than 17 years”.
For more information:
The Mekong Delta in the face of climate change – Le Courrier du Vietnam June 27, 2019