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Workshop on subsidence in the Mekong delta: Challenges and future opportunities

  • Dates:  March 20th – 21st, 2017
  • Location: Ninh Kieu Hotel. Address: No. 02 Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho City
  • Detail programs: click here


The Rise and Fall research program, a joint initiative of Vietnamese and Dutch partners, aims to enhance the capabilities of individuals and organizations to develop sustainable strategies for dealing with groundwater extraction, land subsidence and salt water intrusion in the increasingly urbanizing Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

In this international workshop, we will focus in particular on the relations between groundwater extraction and subsidence. Measurements and estimated rates of subsidence based on modelling will be discussed to demonstrate the temporal and spatial distribution of subsidence in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta since subsidence may have far reaching consequences for delta systems in terms of risk of flooding, land loss and damage to infrastructure, leading to serious impacts on the potential development of the delta.

 This international workshop aims to bring local and international experts on water resources and geo-techniques together with policy-makers and governmental staffs to discuss strategies for the sustainable development of the delta. The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and vision for the future of the region. Based on experiences in delta systems worldwide potential intervention strategies, we will focus in particular on recent developments in our understanding of the current challenges related to urbanization, land-use change, subsidence and groundwater dynamics and possible strategies for sustainable development of the delta.

The workshop will be separated into two days:

(i) 1st day – Scientists day to present and discuss about surface and groundwater dynamics, land subsidence and the governance aspect of the project;

(2) 2nd day – Stakeholders day to provide an excellent opportunity for scientists and governmental staffs and decision makers to discuss the relations between groundwater extraction and subsidence, to evaluate the consequences of subsidence and to identify possible strategies to cope with the problem.

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