A delegation of German parliamentarians on April 25 inspected projects aided by the country’s Development Cooperation organisation (GIZ) in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang.

The delegates from the German Parliamentary Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development visited Au Tho B hamlet, where a project on planting and protecting forests is being carried out.

Thach Soal, head of the forest managing team, told them that forests have developed well since 2009 when the project kicked off. Some 300 local households have benefited from a more responsible use of natural resources.

In Lai Hoa commune, the guests inspected a project supporting eroded breakwaters by using bamboo T-fences to cover their base.

Klaus Smitt, chief consultant of GIZ projects in Soc Trang, said the construction of the fences costs only 50-60 USD every metre while it costs 2,270 USD to build one metre of concrete works. The fences also help deposit alluvium and bring about ecological profits.

Dagmar G. Wöhrl, head of the delegation, said she hopes German projects in the province’s coastal areas will help mitigate climate change impact and stabilise the life of local people, adding that her country is willing to increase assistance to Vietnam in vocational training, energy and environment.-VNA