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CAPACITY BUILDING ON INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE MEKONG DELTA



In order to strengthen water management capacity of local partners in the Mekong Delta, the Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Programme (MCRP), in collaboration with the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) and Can Tho University (CTU), develops and implements capacity building programme on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta.

In 2020-2021 period, the pilot trainings were delivered to the 05 provinces of Long Xuyen Quadrangle (An Giang and Kien Giang) and Quan Lo – Phung Hiep (Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang) subregions. The trainings were organized for 2 target groups: the provincial managerial staffs (in 2 days 19-20/10/2021) and provincial technical staffs (in 04 days 22-23 and 26/27/10/2021). Due to the restrictions of COVID pandemic, the trainings were held in an online format.

The training(s) held participation of more than 60 water resources related decision makers and practitioners from Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Provincial Hydrometeorological Stations of the 05 provinces.

The training(s) provided extensive theoretical knowledge on principles and supporting tools for integrated approach in water resources management. Additionally, the theoretical content is harmoniously integrated with practical cases and knowhows of water resources management in the Mekong Delta, which aims to help participants to acquire knowledge and practical skills to practice IWRM in the most effective way.

The training programme is part of the Joint workplan of the two Joint technical working group on water management in Long Xuyen Quadrangle (LXQ) and Quan Lo – Phung Hiep (QLPH), which is supported by GIZ since 2016.

In the next phase (2022-2025), the training will be upscaled in other provinces and sub-regions of the delta. This aims to strengthen water management capacity of local partners, towards integrated and sustainable management of water resources in the region.