The role of socio-professional, scientific and technological organizations in the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta

Posted at: MONday - 01/07/2019 09:50 - post name: Cộng tác viên

 
The scene of the workshop

The scene of the workshop

In the framework of the Mekong Delta Forum 2019, on June 17th in Ho Chi Minh City; the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) held the workshop with the theme “The participant of socio-professional, non-state scientific and technological organizations in supporting the community responding climate change and sustainable development of the Mekong Delta”.

The workshop was co-chaired by Dr.Sc. Nghiem Vu Khai – Member of the National Assembly, Vice President of VUSTA; Mrs. Mai Thi Anh Tuyet – Member of the National Assembly, together with over 70 delegates of socio-professional organizations, non-state scientific and technological organizations, representatives of Ministries, departments in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces.

At the workshop, delegates contributed their ideas and proposed solutions for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta, an important territory of the country in the context of climate change;

The delegates acknowledged strong commitment of the Government of Vietnam in implementing sustainable development goals and the fight against global climate change and its efforts, investments in the sustainable development of Mekong Delta;

Vietnam is said to be one of some countries most affected by climate change, especially the Mekong Delta is the most vulnerable region; although there have been numerous solutions and interests, the outcomes are as not as expected, the situation has become more and more complicated and unpredictable due to the double impacts of natural disasters and human-causes ones in the territory as well as outside of Vietnam;

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The workshop was co-chaired by Dr.Sc. Nghiem Vu Khai and Mrs. Mai Thi Anh Tuyet

At the workshop, the important role of Mekong Delta was emphasized. The tradition of solidarity, patriotism, diligent working spirit, creativity and lessons and experiences in responding to climate change in Mekong Delta accumulated in the past years were honored; The key role of science and technology in the sustainable development and responding to climate change was affirmed; at the same time, the cooperation and collaboration among parties were important solutions to address the issues in Mekong Delta;

The delegates agreed that: In order to implement the mission of gathering, uniting and promoting the creative role of intellectuals of VUSTA and of other social-occupational organizations, supporting initiatives and experiences, solutions from the people, the following recommendations were proposed in the workshop to Mekong Delta Forum 2019:

- Proposing the Prime Minister to direct Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, government agencies continue to synthesize recent concerned research outcomes in the country and in the world so as to build and detail scenarios and methods responding to climate change in Mekong Delta, ensuring scientifically feasible criteria and promoting the effectiveness of projects and programs.

 - The work of responding to climate change is the task of the whole political system. The State plays a key role in building infrastructure in energy, irrigation and other infrastructures; at the same time, it is necessary to pay close attention to propaganda and raise people’s awareness and skills, and encourage them to live in harmony with nature; readily and proactively responding to climate change and taking advantage of opportunities brought by climate change. Every effort should be directed towards strengthening national capacity, mobilizing and using effectively international cooperation sources in responding to climate change.

 - Proposing the Government, ministries, local authorities in Mekong Delta area to create conditions for experts, scientists, non-state organizations taking part in activities responding to climate change, especially in some key sectors such as building agricultural value chain; water management, sustainable energy, environment protection, disaster prevention. Specifically, as follows:

+ It is necessary to recognize the role of non-state organizations and facilitate them to take part in sustainable development of Mekong Delta; especially mechanisms to connect, cooperate with stakeholders and create opportunities in assess to resources in resolving socio-economic –environmental issues, and responding to climate change.

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Mrs. Duong Thi Nga – Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department of VUSTA gave a speech in the workshop

Building agricultural value chain for Mekong Delta

The fourth industrial revolution has been taking place quickly and bringing a number of opportunities in building modern and sustainable agricultural value chain for Mekong Delta. It is necessary to have close cooperation between local authorities, scientific unions, professional associations, enterprises to jointly build the common brand of Mekong Delta, applying technology in sharing supply chain management system, e-tracing origin from farm to dining table, ensuring food safety and quality that meet export requirements, calling for investment to agribusiness collectives, facilitating good conditions for agriculture insurance, thereby increasing vale and competition of agricultural products in Mekong Delta, creating stable jobs for the people.

Solutions for water resource management from the community:

The Mekong Delta plays an essential part in water resource security serving for the food security of the whole country and the life of people in Mekong Delta area. The life and livelihood of the community cannot be separated from water resources and water ecosystem. It’s necessary to engage the whole community in projects of water resource management from the beginning to the end of the operation phase. The promotion of community consultation should not be limited to those directly affected by the projects of water resource exploitation but also expand to indirectly affected people, scientists and organizations sharing the same interests. Vietnam needs to issue appropriate policies to protect its legitimate interests and maintain mutually beneficial cooperation with the countries in Mekong River basin.

* Sustainable energy solutions from the community:

The Mekong Delta has a tremendous advantage in renewable energy resources including solar, wind, biomass, energy from ocean waves and tides. Clime change can make these resources stronger. The exploiting of such renewable energy resources is strategic in turning climate change risks into advantages.

There should be more incentive and supportive policies issued by the State and the participation of scientists and organizations in the development of sustainable energy solutions, specifically as follows: giving priorities to policies and finance to deploy the access to renewable electricity for the households that have not been provided electricity grid; building pilot mechanisms and policies to pave the way for integrated development, combining renewable energy with agriculture production, fisheries and tourism; creating conditions for science and technology organizations in transferring knowledge, supporting community initiatives in process of energy transfer and responding to climate change in Mekong Delta.

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Mr. Dao Trong Tu – Representative of Vietnam Rivers Network gave a speech

The delegates believed that with the pride of heroic tradition and great achievements in revolutionary struggle and national construction during the past years, the Mekong Delta would overcome challenges, and take advantage of opportunities to develop together with the rest of the country!

Author: PV
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