Towards adaptive delta management in Vietnam

Worldwide, deltas are in peril through a combination of human activities and climate change. Sea level rise, groundwater extraction, changing river discharges and reduced sediment input result in the presence of more extreme events in the deltas, including salinity intrusion, drought and flood risk, river bank and coastal erosion. The two major deltas in Vietnam, the Mekong and Red River Delta are no exception to this. Additionally, those deltas are also facing challenges from trans-boundary water management issues since 89 % and 38% of their surface water resources originate from aboard for the Mekong and Red River Delta respectively. Recently, it is showing that the Mekong delta is highly vulnerable to extreme events that have caused considerable losses in agricultural output while the Red River reports a number of conflicting cases in terms of water uses. The solution to these problems lies in adaptive delta management, which consists of a wide variety of measures and strategies that aim at increasing the resilience to unavoidable effects of climate change as well as effectively allocating water resources. This requires knowledge of the on-going processes as well as practical tools and expertise.  This workshop invites experts from the Netherlands and Vietnam to illustrate kinds of tools and knowledge needed to implement adaptive delta management in Vietnam.

  • Moderators

Dr. Marcel Marchand, Email: Marcel.Marchand@deltares.nl

Country Representative of Deltares, Netherlands

Dr. Tran Ngoc Anh, Email: Tnanh2000@yahoo.com

Director of the Centre for Environmental Fluid Dynamics

  • Date & Venue

10:30am – 12:00pm, March 05th, 2018

Blue Diamond Room 1, ALMAZ 1st Floor

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Session Duration 90min
Session plan in detail Order Estimated lead time (min) Presentation / Discussion topic Confirmed speakers
1 5 Introduction  
2 10 Development of a salinity monitoring network for climate adaptation in Ben Tre and Trà Vinh provinces, Mekong Delta Marcel Marchand

Deltares, the Netherlands

3 10 On the fresh groundwater resources in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta under increasing groundwater extraction rates over the last 25 years: a 3D numerical study Pham Van Hung

Utrecht University, the Netherlands

4 10 Dilemma of rice production, water use and CH4 emission and need of adaptive resource management in the Red River Delta, Vietnam Mai Van Trinh

Institute of Agricultural Environment, Vietnam

5 10 Modelling coastal hazards in the Red River Delta Dang Dinh Duc

Centre for Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Vietnam

6 10 Integrated Coastal Protection Web-Map of the Mekong Delta – Navigation Tool for Sustainable Solutions Roman Sorgenfrei

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany

7 10 The impact of 25 years groundwater extraction on subsidence in the Mekong delta Philip S.J. Minderhoud

Utrecht University, the Netherlands

8 25 Panel discussion All the speakers
Dr. Marcel Marchand

Specialist / Country Representative Vietnam, Deltares

Mr. Pham Van Hung

Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Mai Van Trinh

Institute of Agricultural Environment, Vietnam

Mr. Dang Dinh Duc

Centre for Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Hanoi, Vietnam

Roman Sorgenfrei

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany

Philip S.J. Minderhoud

Utrecht University / Deltares Research Institute,  the Netherlands

 Deltares is an internationally renowned institute for applied research and consultancy in the field of hydraulics, hydrology, water quality, geo-technology, sub-soils and coastal engineering. It has its headquarters in the Netherlands and a permanent country representative in Vietnam
 The Centre for Environmental Fluid Dynamics (CEFD) was established in 1999 and has built up a strong reputation in Vietnam and in the region in the field of environmental fluid dynamics, water-related disaster, climate change adaptation and mitigation, hydro-marine dynamic modeling, coastal and river engineering. CEFD has close relations with the Faculty of Hydrology, Meteorology and Oceanography of the VNU University of Science, Hanoi