Netherlands, VN work on climate change

The Dutch deputy Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Tineke Huizinga, is paying official visits to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from October 5 to 9 as part of the growing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of water management and combating climate change.

Tineke Huizinga, Dutch Deputy Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (Photo courtesy of Consulate General of the Netherlands)

The deputy minister was accompanied by a delegation of over 30 leading Dutch businesspeople and academics from the water management sector.

On the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding on Mekong Delta cooperation was signed between Ms. Huizinga and the Vietnamese ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Natural Resources and Environment in Hanoi on October 5.

The agreement aims at strengthening cooperation between the Dutch and the Mekong Delta in the management of river basins and coastal zones.

There was also a signing of a policy for a flood control program between Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee and the Netherlands Embassy in HCMC on October 6.

The goal of the program focuses on alleviating flooding in HCMC and its surrounding areas, as well as strengthening the technical and management capabilities of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control and Prevention, and other relevant Vietnamese agencies.

A seminar, “Climate Change and Water Management in the Mekong Delta and HCMC,” will be held on October 8 in HCMC to discuss a strategic vision of water management and combating climate change in the Mekong Delta and HCMC.

On this occasion, an initiative to build an Institute for Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management will be launched with the participation of both governments and relevant universities from the two countries.

By Kim Khanh

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