The Australian and German governments will provide 63.7 million USD to help Vietnam implement the five-year Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems Programme (CCCEP) in the Mekong Delta region.

An agreement to this effect was signed in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on June 3, under which Germany, through its cooperation development agency, GIZ, will contribute 39.4 million USD in the form of technical and financial cooperation, and Australia, via AusAID, will channel 24.3 million USD to the programme.

CCCEP will be implemented in Kien Giang, An Giang, Ca Mau, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu provinces.

The programme will help these provinces make plans to adapt to climate change, including activities such as mangrove rehabilitation and coastal forest protection measures, promotion of alternative income opportunities for communities dependent on coastal forests, demonstration of alternative farming practices and improved dyke construction and management.

The Vietnam-Germany-Australia cooperation is an excellent example on how donor countries can jointly help Vietnam to mitigate the impacts of climate change, said Fisel Roesle, Consular Attache from the German Consulate-General in HCM City.

Vietnam is forecast to be one of the countries most seriously affected by climate change, especially the large population region of the Mekong Delta.

Situated in a lowland area, the region is threatened by rising sea levels and an increasing number of natural disasters./.