1.  Project background:
  • The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of the greatest agricultural centers in Vietnam. However, the VMD is one of the most vunerable deltas affected by climate change (CC) and sea level rise and has been negatively affected by extreme weather conditions and upstream hydropower dams development. Such the impacts are projected to lead to the lack of surface water in the VMD, especially during the dry season. Groundwater has been extracted as an alternative and the long-time extraction can lead degradation of the groundwater resources, resulting in servere land subsidence in the area.
  • This project aims to enhance the capabilities of individuals and organizations to deal with groundwater extraction, land subsidence and seawater intrusion in the VMD. A consortium between the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University and Deltares (Netherland), Can Tho University, Southern Institute of Water Resources Research, and Division for Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the South of Vietnam was created in order to run the project of “Strategies for Subsiding and Urbanizing Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Facing increasing seawater intrusion”, the so-called Rise and Fall.
2.  Targets of the project
  • To develop a new integrated delta model to evaluate the correlation of deltaic land subsidence, surface water and groundwater resources (at different scales).
  • To transfer the outcomes of the project to Departments of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Soc Trang and other provinces in VMD.
3. Executive project members: 
  • Faculty of Geosciences, Utretch University.
  • College of Environment and Natural Resources, Can Tho University, Vietnam
  • Departments of Natural Resources and Environment and Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development in Soc Trang.
4. Possible impacts
1.1 Possible impacts on project members:
  • Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Water Supply Companies in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD)
  • Scientists involved in the project
  • Local residents of the study area and in the VMD
1.2 Possible impacts on the environment and socio-economic settings (when the project is finalised)
  • Supporting the sustainable planning of water resources usage (both in terms of surface water and groundwater resources).
5. Risks
  • The project progress might be moderated due to the paper-work for field survey permission.
  • Cooperation between stakeholders of the project might face difficulties if a common agreement between involved stakeholders were not clearly defined.
  • Different mechanisms in budget management between different project partners might slow down planned research activities.
6. Sustainability
  • The project outcomes will be transferred to local stakeholders with the aims of having great impacts to the society.
  • Cooperation between stakeholders of the project will be maintained to ensure that the impacts are well-established in the study area (Soc Trang) and other provinces in the VMD.