World Bank surveys challenges of climate change in Ben Tre Province
On 16 March, leaders of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), World Bank (WB) in Vietnam and the Ben Tre Provincial People's Committee have made a survey on prevention of climate change in Ben Tre province. Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, Director of World Bank in Vietnam said, after the survey with the delegates of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ben Tre Provincial People's Committee, she had seen the achievements as well as challenges of the province in the fight against climate change and promised to support for this work.
According to Mr. Huynh Van Be, consultant on climate change for South West Steering Committee, 50 years ago, salinization affected only one third of the province but now saltwater encroachment is up two third. Constructions against saltwater are losing their effectiveness. Therefore, the province needs to implement short-term solutions to limit saltwater intrusion’s affects on production and people lives. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat stressed that in response to salinization and climate change, it is necessary to coordinate short-term and long-term solutions. In the short term, the province needs to upgrade, maintain and use effectively small-scale irrigation works and support people to adapt to salinity and and sea level rise. In the long term, irrigation systems should be developed to help people adapt more sustainable.