President Truong Tan Sang made an inspection of the dike network in the Mekong Delta provinces on Saturday.
CA MAU —
Sang made a three-hour tour by helicopter starting from HCM City to the southernmost province of Ca Mau, followed by a field trip to the dikes where the President was updated on their current status.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, after three years of implementing a programme to establish a dyke network in the Mekong Delta, the provinces involved had made remarkable efforts to utilise their creativity and overcome natural disadvantages to construct a number of solid dykes.
The provinces have completed six projects and another seven projects are underway, while 13 more are scheduled to start.
The projects had helped to minimise the impacts of rising sea levels and guaranteed the safety of local residents, the ministry assessed.
The report also pointed out that investment remained fragmented and concentrated on increasing the height of the dykes, while neglecting coastal forests and consolidating existing infrastructure.
The President emphasised that the network had to be completed in a manner that would effectively prevent the occurrence of land erosion and help create a connected transport system.
Sang asked the provinces to pay more attention to developing coastal forests.
"We should consult with more experienced countries to come up with solutions that will balance development and ecological protection," he said.
The President asked relevant agencies to make the most of the Official Development Assistance that came under climate change packages from international donors because in the future, it would be more difficult for Viet Nam to get access to cheap loans.
In Ca Mau Province, President Sang met with people in Dat Mui Commune in Ngoc Hien District and praised them for their efforts to protect the mangrove forests as well as the work they had done to reinforce the dykes.
He advised the local people to utilise any available land and make the most of natural resources in these areas to help promote socio-economic development.
As part of this trip, Sang also visited several army units. — VNS