PANO – At the first meeting of the Vietnam- Netherlands intergovernmental committee held in Hanoi on March 29th, with the participation of Deputy Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander, participants discussed solutions to address climate change and enhance water management.
Accordingly, both sides exchanged views in order to boost cooperation in the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) on the climate change adaptation and the water management.
The two sides agreed to focus on postgraduate education in water management, climate change adaptation and ecosystems in Vietnam and the implementation of a Mekong Delta Plan to adapt to climate change’s consequences and ensure stable social development in this area as well as in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas, according to the SPA.
Both sides also came to the decision to expand cooperation in the water management for Red River Delta and coastal areas.
The same day, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a seminar on coastal management, design and inspection of sea dykes with the attendance of the two countries’ specialists in Hanoi.
At the seminar, Joop Atsma, Dutch State-Secretary in charge of Infrastructure and Environment, said that with long-term tradition of protecting people living in under-sea-level areas, the Netherlands had an intelligent sea dyke system and an intelligent inspection system to protect the sea dykes, and that The Netherlands was ready to share their experiences with Vietnam.
Translated by Tuan Anh