As many as 200 domestic and foreign environmental experts, scientists and managerial officials on April 12 gathered at a forum in southern Ca Mau province to discuss ways to preserve natural and cultural values for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region.

Themed “Maintaining ecosystem services in the Mekong Delta region”, the event was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in coordination with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Stockholm University of Switzerland and the provincial People’s Committee.

At the forum, delegates shared research findings on hydrographic systems and levels of sediment in the Mekong River and delta, defined ecosystem services in the delta and their roles in climate change adaptation, as well as tools and methods to manage ecosystem services.

Post-discussion outcomes are expected to raise the community and management officials’ awareness of the benefits the natural ecosystem creates for people in the region, and show the importance of maintaining ecosystem services in response to climate change for the region’s sustainable development.

The forum is part of a project to integrate climate change adaptive ecosystem-based approaches and preserve biodiversity in Vietnam . Capital for the project is channelled by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Vietnam Environment Administration of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and WW.-VNA