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Cà Mau Announces $820m Plan to Fight Climate Change

Cà Mau is among localities in Vietnam most affected by erosion.

VnExpressreports that VND19 trillion (US$820 million) effort covers the 2020–2030 period. Over VND18 trillion of the amount would come from official development assistance funds.

Cà Mau, the country's southern-most province, has 254 kilometers of coastline and faces keen threats from climate change and rising sea levels. It has already lost 10,000 hectares of land to erosion, including 105 kilometers of riverine and coastal land last December alone.

Currently, Cà Mau has 46 severe erosion hotspots, leaving riverside homes in danger of collapsing into the water. Sand mining and the construction of upstream dams on the Mekong River are also creating massive problems in the province and the rest of the Mekong Delta, though domestic development policies are a problem too.

The news source adds that the money from the plan would serve a number of purposes, including upgrading irrigation systms to prevent the intrusion of saltwater, introducing advanced shrimp farming technology, planting mangrove forests to prevent erision, and expanding water supply systems.

Overall, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said the delta loses 500 hectares of land to erosion everyh year, while by 2050, roughly a million people living in the region will be impacted by erosion.

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