Integrated Solutions for Mekong Delta

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is a home of nearly 18 million of Vietnam habitants (accounting for more than one fifth of the whole population of the country). As a vast flood plain with an elevation of 0 – 4 m above mean sea level, the Delta is formed of eroded sediments from the upper basin that are deposited in the lower basin. The Delta is intensively developing agricultural and aquaculture practices, along with rapidly expanded of a few cities within it. However, the Delta is facing a numerous challenges as results of socio-economic transformation, urbanization, and climate change. Most of these challenges are associated with water: too much or too little water, contaminated water, overexploited groundwater, and limited accessed to safety drinking water that local people struggle with. The vulnerability of the Delta also comes from heavily regulated dams in upstream countries, causing abnormal of discharge variation and reduced sediment transportation. On top of this, the Delta is threatened by climate change. Saline intrusion issue is exacerbating due to the sea level rise along the Delta’s coast. According to projections, 20-50% of the Mekong Delta will be severely affected within the next 50 years if there is no intervention to the current situation. Integrated solutions for the Mekong Delta, therefore, is urgently needed to improve effective management of increasingly scarce water resources and to adapt to the unavoidable of climate change effects. This workshop invites experts from the Germany, Netherlands, USA and Vietnam to discuss in details issues in the Mekong Delta as well as possible solutions for the Delta sustainable development.


  • Prof. Harro Stolpe, Email:, eE+E, RUB, Germany
  • Dr. Tran Duc Cuong, Email:, Viet Nam National Mekong Committee, Vietnam

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Session Duration 180min
Session plan in detail Order Estimated lead time (min) Presentation / Discussion topic Confirmed speakers
1 5 Introduction  
2 10 Occurrence and fate of pesticide multiresidues in Tra Vinh rivers – downstream of Mekong River system Tran Thi Nhu Trang

University of Science – VNUHCM (Vietnam)

3 10 Spatial Water and Massflow Management for Water and Land Use Planning as a contribution to the new Integrated Multisector „Mekong Delta“ Masterplan Harro Stolpe

eE+E, RUB, Germany

4 10 Model-Aided Altimeter-Based Water Level Forecasting System in Mekong River Chi-Hung Chang
University of Houston, USA
5 10 Numerical modeling of large-scale surface water and groundwater interactions of the Saigon river valley in the west area of Binh Duong province, Vietnam Quoc Dung Tran
HCMUS, Vietnam
6 10 Water balance for agriculture production in the dry seasons  of the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam Tuan Le Anh

Can Tho University, Vietnam

7 10 Using flood-based livelihoods to restore the flood retention ecosystem function of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam Andrew Wyatt

IUCN, Vietnam

8 10 Use of satellite-based Earth observations for inferring water resources of the Mekong River basin in Vietnam Venkat Lakshmi

University of South Carolina, USA

9 10 Integrated Solutions for Sustainable Development in the Mekong Delta Nestmann, Franz

KIT, Germany

10 10 Application of Vietnam Data Cubes for Water Detection using Landsat Imagery over Mekong River Region of Vietnam Pham Nga

National Space Center, Vietnam

11 10 Sustainable Water Management in the Mekong Delta in the Framework of Water 4.0 Erich Berger

Ribeka GmbH, Germany

12 25 Panel discussion All the speakers
Tran Thi Nhu Trang

Head of Department of Analytical Chemistry

Faculty of Chemistry, University of Science – VNUHCM

Prof. Dr. Harro Stolpe

eE+E, RUB, Germany

Chi-Hung Chang

Ph.D. Student/Research Assistant

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston

Quoc Dung Tran
HCMUS, Vietnam
Tuan Le Anh

Can Tho University, Vietnam

Dr. Andrew Wyatt

IUCN, Vietnam

Prof. Venkat Lakshmi

University of South Carolina, USA

Nestmann, Franz

KIT, Germany

Pham Nga

National Space Center, Vietnam

Erich Berger

Managing Director, Ribeka GmbH, Germany

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Viet Nam National Mekong Committee, Vietnam