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Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Lap hosting the GIZ delegation

22/06/2020 16:00 |

​On the morning of May 28, 2020, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Lap received and held talks with a delegation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH led by the GIZ Director Tim McGrath. The guests delegation came to Ben Tre for discussions on urban draining and inundation in dealing with climate change.


An overview of the meeting. (Photo by Huyen Trang)

Taking a look at the outstanding activities that had been done, the representative of GIZ said that in the period of 2005 - 2017, the organization had supported the field of drainage and wastewater treatment, construction of wastewater treatment plants in provinces of Can Tho, Tra Vinh and Soc Trang.

In the period of 2017-2020, the GIZ helped provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau with drainage plans to combat urban inundation in an effort to solve the problem in cities.

In the near future, GIZ would continue to support 10 provinces in the Mekong Delta region with investment demands in the fields of water supply, drainage, waste treatment, irrigation and transportation.


Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Huu Lap discussed water management and flood control issues with the delegation. (Photo by Huyen Trang)

Specifically, the organization would support the 10 localities with sustainable drainage models. Each province would select its particular inundation areas and build treatment systems with small and medium scale, preferably in urban areas.

At the meeting, leaders of the provincial departments discussed with the experts of the delegation about urban drainage and the need to build wastewater treatment systems in the province.

Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Huu Lap said that Ben Tre province was affected by climate change. It had experienced very fierce salinity intrusion and drought in 2020, which has caused very heavy damages in agricultural production and the living of people. Besides, the erosion of river banks and coastlines also affects the living of the provincial residents.


Mr. Tim McGrath, - director of the GIZ Program expressed his view at the meeting. (Photo by Huyen Trang)

Facing deep and complicated saline water intrusion, the province is focusing on restructuring plants and animals for specific regions to adapt to the saline and drought situation.

According to the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, Ben Tre is working on a JICA water management project to build a close system of dykes to prevent saline intrusion, in which the issues of drainage, wastewater collection and treatment are very important. Therefore, the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee wanted experts of the delegation to help Ben Tre build a wastewater collection project in Ben Tre City and other districts to solve the problems of rain water drainage and urban inundation.

Mr. Tim McGrath, - director of the GIZ Program thanked the provincial leadership for the kind reception. He said the organization would cooperate with the province to develop pre-feasibility and feasibility reports on drainage and flood control projects in the urban area in responding to climate change.

Written by Huyen Trang

Translated by Truong Hung