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Can Tho City, on the 1 November 2023, within the framework of the Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Programme (MCRP), GIZ Viet Nam in collaboration with the Viet Nam Disaster and Dyke Management Authority (VDDMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) organised a Stakeholders Workshop “ Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Programme” Phase II.

The MCRP project, initiated in 2019 and implemented by GIZ Viet Nam and executed by VDDMA, spans across 13 provinces within the Mekong Delta region. It is generously supported through co-funding by the Swiss Government and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The primary aim of this project is to enhance the management of the Mekong Delta's resilience to climate-related challenges, through the establishment of regional coordination mechanisms and the implementation of innovative technical solutions in both rural and urban areas.

Mr. Jens Schmid-Kreye, Deputy Head of the German Cooperation Development Department at the German Embassy in Vietnam, conveyed the following message: “the Mekong Delta Climate Resilience Programme (MCRP) is a standout example of collaboration between our nations. On the Vietnamese side, key state entities, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Construction (MoC), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and the 13 provinces of the Mekong Delta, play integral roles. Their active participation underscores the critical aspect of transforming plans into concrete results, ensuring strategies align with local contexts, enabling the successful attainment of climate resilience and sustainable development goals.”

Ms. Sibylle Bachmann, Deputy Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Vietnam, emphasized that “Strengthening urban climate resilience is a priority for Swiss Economic Development Cooperation in Vietnam, particularly in the Mekong Delta. The challenges of climate change are complex and require a coordinated response from all levels of government. Today's stakeholder coordination workshop is an important step in fostering this coordination between provincial and national authorities. Switzerland remains committed to supporting these efforts for a resilient and sustainable future”.

In the role of the representing the executive agency of the MCRP project, Mr. Pham Ngoc Mau, Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, MARD shared: “The Mekong Delta is one of the key economic regions of the country, but it is also an area facing many challenges due to the impact of climate change and natural disasters. The MCRP project is expected to be implemented practically, beneficial, and in line with the actual situation in disaster prevention and control, aiming for sustainable development in the Mekong Delta region.”