The Mekong Delta region needs over 170 trillion VND (8.1 billion USD) to complete its water resource system in line with the proposed plan by 2050.

The plan aims to create a irrigational system for agriculture production in response to climate change and rising sea level, as well as to contribute to socio-economic development, ecological protection, and sustainable development in the region.

The capital, to be sourced from central and local budgets, government bonds, and official development assistance (ODA) loans, will be allocated for the construction of dykes, drains, and reservoirs.

To achieve these targets, investments have been made to build irrigational works and upgrade dykes and coastal roads. The plan also highlighted the need to develop rural transport infrastructure to facilitate the construction of “new-style rural areas” in areas prone to flooding. Additionally, specific solutions have been tailored to match the specific needs of each province in the region.

Localities and relevant agencies have been urged to plant coastal mangroves, protect national parks, and take flood precautions to assist residents in frequently affected areas.

To date, the water resource system in the Mekong Delta has made great contributions to improving alum rates in drinking water in Tu Giac Long Xuyen region, Dong Thap Muoi region, and the Ca Mau peninsula as well as managing erosion and sediment in national parks.

However, coastal areas still lack water supply production and investment for the building and management of the irrigational system required to capitalise on socio-economic development potential for the southern economic region.-VNA