The Vietnam-Netherlands Inter-governmental Committee on climate change adaptation and water management has made public a plan to develop Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in a safe and sustainable manner.

The committee convened its third meeting in Hanoi on December 16 in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh.

The Mekong Delta plan, which was grounded on the Netherlands Delta plan and has benefited from the close cooperation between the Governments of Vietnam and the Netherlands, lays down a long-term vision together with proposals for the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change, manage its water resources and prosper sustainably in the coming time.

At the meeting, both sides screened and assessed the process of implementing the strategic partnership agreement signed in 2010, covering university and higher education partnerships, water management and climate change adaptation.

A high-level roundtable conference discussing joint coordination with international donors to aid the Mekong Delta’s development was held, seeing the attendance of representatives from the committee, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Delf Technology University of the Netherlands and Vietnam ’s Irrigation University signed an agreement on the establishment of the Vietnam-Netherlands Water and Environment Centre (Vinwater).

The centre will provide services on applicable research and scientific consultancy, alongside boosting technology exchanges and knowledge transfer related to water and environmental issues.-VNA