German organisations launched a geospatial database and a paper titled “Shoreline Management Guidelines: Coastal Protection in the Lower Mekong Delta” in Ho Chi Minh City on November 18.

The database was built by the Vietnamese – German technical cooperation project on management of natural resources in the coastal zone of Soc Trang province and the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

German experts said that the geospatial database is compiled using information from various sources in Vietnam and contains maps dating back to 1904, which are stored in France .

Shoreline changes can only be recognised after a long period of time, therefore this database will provide policy makers and planners with an insight into the changes that have taken place over many years. This knowledge will allow them to propose site-specific measures to protect the shoreline.

Deputy General Director of Water Resource Directorate Nguyen Van Tinh spoke highly of the German partners’ efforts, saying that the documents will help improve shoreline management in Vietnam and the Mekong Delta region in particular.-VNA