The Prime Minister has approved the second phase of the Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP) which aims to protect the Mekong Delta coastal and mangrove forests.

The project will be carried out from 2015 to 2018 at a total cost of 8.8 million EUR (9.7 million USD). Of the sum, 4.4 million EUR was funded through the German Government and 3.6 million EUR from the Australian Government.

The second phase is focused on forming a legal framework for developing measures to adapt to climate change and promote green growth; provide stakeholders with technical and financial assistance for integrated coastal climate-resilient area protection; and establish a regional link and ecosystem-friendly approach in the region.

The first phase of the project was implemented from 2011 to 2014 in the five regional provinces of An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Kien Giang and Soc Trang.-VNA