TV reportage presents the EU-Vietnam cooperation to prevent flooding and mitigate devastating climate change effects in Dien Bien
The European Union (EU) has been a key partner of Vietnam in addressing the impact of climate change, and this partnership has only gone from strength to strength.
On 4 September 2022, the Vietnam Television (VTV) broadcasted a reportage, the third in a series, to highlight the EU-Vietnam partnership to promote stronger climate change adaptation and resilience, as well as quality-of-life developments along the Nam Rom River. The scoop touches on the importance of the EU-Vietnam partnership, through the Water and Natural Resources Management – WARM project, jointly launched by the EU Delegation to Vietnam (EUD) and the Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD) in May 2020.
The WARM facility aims to support the preparation and implementation of strategic investment projects for water and natural resource management. The facility is financed by a EUR 20 million grant from the EU delegated to AFD, which will mobilise those funds in coordination with the Vietnamese authorities.
The reportage shows how the project improves the resilience of Dien Bien, a province that is particularly susceptible to severe urban flooding and the erosion of both arable and residential land, due to the Nam Ron River that passes through the area. The support includes the construction of hydraulic structures along the river, as well as solar-powered designs.
Residents of the area shared their heart-breaking stories due to the effects of urban flooding, and conversely, the shortage of water during the dry agricultural season. “Each household has a 15 metre-cultivated piece of land in width, but this crack is even more than 20 metres,” one resident of the Thanh Xuong commune said when interviewed in front of his home, showing the devastation that continues to leave locals feeling unsafe.
This is an example of the havoc the floods have wreaked not only on residential areas, but also on local historical sites and public buildings. It emphasised the very real consequences that climate change has had on residents’ lives and livelihood.
The broadcast also highlights the ways that the project lines up with the EU’s global priorities, which include a Green Team Europe Initiative to “promote stronger climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction by providing support for climate-proofing infrastructure, livelihoods, and production,” as well as supporting low-carbon energy transitions, through the investment in the dams and solar-powered infrastructure.
Finally, the project is part of the European Green Deal Strategy, which includes the EU’s determination to use its influence, expertise, and financial resources to mobilise its partners on the path towards sustainability, and to step up as a global leader through cooperation with partner countries in order to promote a global sustainable future.