The southernmost province of Ca Mau has worked out 10 schemes to adapt to climate change and rising sea level for the 2013-2020 period, with a vision to 2030, said Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Van Su.

Accordingly, it will launch several sub-projects under which over 20 billion VND (approximately 950,000 USD) will be earmarked for three coastal resettlement areas containing more than 2,000 households. Other homes will be redesigned to sit on stilts up to two metres from the ground.

Coastal production areas will be zoned off for activities involving forestation and aquaculture.
Moreover, Ca Mau plans to hold educational campaigns which will raise public awareness about the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.

The local authorities have also sought government support to upgrade its dyke network.

With a coastline of 252km, Ca Mau has an eastern sea dyke linked with Ganh Hao in the southern province of Bac Lieu . Meanwhile, its western sea dyke stretching from Phu Tan district to the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has suffered heavy damage in parts, resulting into salt intrusion.

This has adversely affected production and livelihoods of thousands of local households./.