AFD helps Vietnam fight against climat change


Mr Jean-Noël Poirier, Ambassador of France to Vietnam, Mr TRAN Xuan Ha, Vice-minister of Finance and M. Rémy Rioux, CEO of the Agence française de développement (AFD), signed two financing agreements for a concessional loan of EUR 52,35 million and a grant of EUR 1 million  for the provinces of Can Tho, Ninh Binh and Ha Tinh.

This financial support will foster adaptation to climate change and will namely address rainfall regime modifications, the increase of severity and frequency of extreme weather events as well as sea-level rise in 3 provinces: in the Red River delta (Ninh Binh), in the central coastal part of Vietnam (Ha Tinh) and in the Mekong delta (Can Tho).
In Ninh Binh province, the project will involve the construction of the Kim Dai lock-dam complex to prevent saltwater intrusion into the Vac River and store freshwater for agriculture and aquaculture production and for domestic water supply. The project is implemented in 6 districts of the Ninh Binh province representing a total area of 55,000 ha of which 70% are allocated to paddy cultivation. 

In Ha Tinh province, district of Thach Ha, the project has a double objective (i) to improve the drainage capacity in order to reduce the flood risk and (ii) promote the use of irrigation at critical times of early stages of summer crop cycle.

In the city of Can Tho, the project involves bank protection work over five kilometers in the urban districts of Le-Binh, Cai Rang and Ninh Kieu and in the agricultural district of Phong Dien.

A technical assistance will be mobilized during the implementation period of the project (five years from summer 2016). It will consist in (i) helping Can Tho city in integrating the constraints related to climate change in their strategy and action plan and promote ecological engineering principles and (ii) strengthening institutional capacities in integrated water resources management in Ninh Binh and Ha Tinh and promoting the development of climate-smart agriculture.

The signing ceremony took place on September 6th, 2016 at the presidential palace in Hanoi.

Towards green economic development in Vietnam: a long term perspective


The 3rd Annual GMS Power Week 2016 is one of the Mekong’s largest power & utility event which was held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 15-17 June 2016.

Cet événement a réuni les experts venant d’une vingtaine de pays pour discuter du développement du secteur de l’électricité et du système de l’énergie de la sous-région du delta du Mékong.

La sous –région du Grand Mékong est constituée de six pays (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodge, Myanmar, Thaïlande, Yunnan- une province de la Chine) qui sont liés ensemble par le fleuve Mékong.

L’AFD Vietnam, représentée par M.Fabio GRAZI, Responsable du Pôle Infrastructures, a participé activement à ces débats, à travers une intervention portant sur : « Vers une économie verte au Vietnam : une perspective de long terme  ».

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