Vice President of the World Bank Rachel Kyte toured the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on August 24 to study the impact of climate change and local efforts to cope with the issue.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ben Tre is one of the most vulnerable provinces in Vietnam to the impact of environmental changes.

Floods, damaged dykes and sea level rise have posed a lot of difficulties to the local lives and manufacturing activities, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee reported at a working session with the WB Vice President the same day.

However, with the assistance of the government and the WB, Ben Tre has undertaken counter measures, including the building of a 31km long sea dyke in Ba Tri district and a water supply plant which together with an available facility can supply clean water for over 2,000 poor households.

The province has also conducted regular educational campaigns to raise public awareness of the issue while developing farming models that are adaptive to climate change.

The official asked for more assistance from the bank to carry out several major projects, particularly a 100-km sea dyke to protect residents in Binh Dai and Thanh Phu districts, a water plant to serve four districts of Cho Lach, Mo Cay Nam, Mo Cay Bac and Thanh Phu, and the planting of 831 hectares of protective forests in the coastal areas.

Recognising the necessity of climate change resilience projects, the WB Vice President said she will discuss with the government measures to continue helping the province and other localities in the delta to cope with the issue.

During her trip to Ben Tre, the WB leader also visited a model farm combining rice cultivation and shrimp raising in Ba Tri district and several islets where land erosion is occurring as a consequence of climate change.-VNA