Location: Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Status: Integrated regional plan for the Mekong Delta region (ongoing)
Client: Government of Vietnam (MPI), Worldbank
In cooperation with: Royal HaskoningDHV, GIZ, WUR
The Vietnamese part of the Mekong Delta is rich in natural resources and an important agricultural region for Viet Nam, providing aquaculture (fish, shrimp) and rice export. The economic development of Vietnam progresses from an agrarian based to industries and services-based economy and with that from low to middle income. The delta however still has to undergo this transition. With around 17 million people (20% of the Vietnamese population) the Mekong Delta is, like many other deltas, densely populated. The Mekong Delta ranks amongst the top 5 deltas in the world most likely to be severely affected in terms of climate change, mainly due to its geographical location. According to the climate scenarios (high emission scenario), sea level may rise by 75 to 100 cm affecting 10-12% of the total population of Vietnam and 10% of the GDP. Climate change is therefore a serious threat for food security and the socio-economic development in the Mekong Delta regions.
The Mekong Delta Integrated Regional Plan (MDIRP) will facilitate the necessary transitions and adaptations through targeted, smart and climate resilient development. Livelihood improvement will be the key driver for the plan. Adaptive strategies will help us to build on a sustainable and climate resilient future for people, ecosystems and natural resources of the Delta. The integrated regional plan will be based on a strong institutional alignment between all stakeholders and will include a sustainable investment that contributes to utilize new economic opportunities for growth in the Mekong Delta.