As per the petition at the yesterday meeting with Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien who led a delegation to work with the province on the problem, Ca Mau Authority presented a petition for emergency aid of VND300 billion ($13 million) which will be used for building resettlement areas for 356 households along river in Nam Can Town which are at risk of erosion.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Chairman of Ca Mau People’s Committee Lam Van Bi said that erosion has developed complicatedly causing the loss of protection forest.
Statistically, from 2007, Vietnam has lost 8,870 hectare of forest in the coast or averagely, it loses over 800 hectare annually.
Worse, it may destroy the embankment system in the west dykes threatening to production and lives of hundreds thousand of households in the region.
Presently, around 57,000 meter of the province’s west coast are suffered erosion; around 7,800 meter sections have serious erosion which is highly likely to cause destruction of shoreline embankment while 48,000 meter erosion in the east has caused loss of 145 hectare of protection forest.
Coastal districts of Nam Can, Dam Doi and Ngoc Hien are suffering worst erosion.
Accordingly, People’s Committee in Ca Mau proposed an emergency aid to carry out projects of building embankment along coast and vast expanse for restoring protection forest and more spending on improving dyke system in the west and east coast.
Additionally, the province will also call for contribution of local enterprises to construct vast expanse for protection forest in combination with ecotourism, solar energy projects.
At the meeting, Mr. Hien said that because Ca Mau is one of the localities most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, the National Assembly has approved to allocate VND10 trillion for erosion fight in the Mekong delta.
Upon Ca Mau’s proposal of social contribution and ecotourism, solar energy projects , Mr. Hien answered that the National Assembly will consider. If possible, the National Assembly will give the green light to pilot the project.