PANO - 12 hydrographical stations, which have been upgraded within the project supported by the Mekong River Delta to build and upgrade the hydrographical system (HYCOS) in the Mekong River, were opened on March 7th in Can Tho.
PANO - 12 hydrographical stations, which have been upgraded within the project supported by the Mekong River Delta to build and upgrade the hydrographical system (HYCOS) in the Mekong River, were opened on March 7 th in Can Tho.
The inaugural ceremony drew the participation of French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean-François Girault, DeputyMinister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thai Lai, local officials, Chief Executive of the Secretariat of the Mekong River Committee Hans Guttman, Director of the Agency of French Development (AFD) in Vietnam Jean-Marc Gravellini and local people.
HYCOS is funded by AFD and Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial known as FFEM with EUR 3 million and implemented by the Mekong River Committee and involved agencies of 4 regional nations, namely Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
In addition, the project received technical assistance from the Institute of Research and Development (IRD), National Company of Rhône and the Wold Meteorological Organisation.
The project is aimed to establish a high-fidelity hydrographical system to gather and share data in real time among the 4 nations.
The 4 nations have selected 32 hydrographical stations on the main streams of the Mekong River to form of the system.
The selected hydrographical stations are upgraded with modern machinery and devices, such as: systems to automatically measure water levels and waterfalls, data storing systems and remote measurement systems that can transmit data via satellites or other means.
In addition, the project provided training courses for involved workers.