Vietnam TV presents EU-Vietnam cooperation to prevent flooding and mitigate climate change in Dien Bien

VTV’s latest special feature shows how the EU has been a key partner of Vietnam in addressing the impacts of climate change, through a water and natural resource management project carried out in Dien Bien with the expertise of French development agency AFD

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On 4 September 2022, Vietnam Television (VTV) broadcasted a special feature, the third in its EU-Vietnam series, to highlight the bilateral partnership for stronger climate change adaptation and resilience, as well as quality-of-life developments along the Nam Rom River. The scoop focuses on the Water and Natural Resources Management (WARM) project, jointly launched by the EU Delegation to Vietnam (EUD) and Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD) in May 2020.

WARM 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 report 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 livelihoods.

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.

Watch other episodes in this reportage series:

Plastic Alliance Project – Reduce the single-use plastic bags in Vietnam

Collecting marine waste with the support of fishermen in Phu Yen, Vietnam

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