A seminar will be held on November 18 to collect advice from local authorities of 13 provinces and cities in the region as well as experts on the Mekong Delta Plan in response to climate change for sustainable development in the time to come.

A preparatory meeting for the seminar was held in the southern city of Can Tho on October 24, drawing the participation of scientists from the Can Tho University, Dutch experts and representatives from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Martijn Van De Groep, on behalf of the Dutch experts, said they have received advice from local people and experts from Phu Quoc Island and Ho Chi Minh City but there are still many different ideas on the plan.

The experts want to collect public ideas for the last time before submitting the plan to Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai in the framework of the Vietnam-Netherlands joint commission meeting in mid-December, he added.

Addressing the meeting, Standing Deputy Director of the Southwestern Region Steering Committee Nguyen Phong Quang spoke highly of the contributions by the Dutch experts to building the plan.

The plan is very important since it will help provinces in the Mekong Delta region to effectively cope with climate change and work together for sustainable development in the coming time, he noted.-VNA