Dutch minister infrastructure and the environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen signed an agreement on the construction of the sewage treatment plant, which will purify the wastewater of 174,000 people. Vietnam and the Netherlands also signed new cooperation agreements on making cities climate resilient and training Vietnamese water professionals.
Since 2010, the Netherlands and Vietnam have had a strategic agreement in this area. The Netherlands is advising Vietnam on, among other things, a sustainable long-term approach for the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City. The Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most vulnerable in terms of the consequences of climate change. Seventeen million people live there. Ho Chi Minh City too is dealing with the effects of climate change such as heavy rainfall, drought and flooding. The delta city is home to some eight million people.
Schultz said: “The cooperation agreement between the Netherlands and Vietnam sets an example for the world. The Mekong Delta Plan in particular is attracting a lot of attention from delta countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar as well as international partners like the World Bank. It is now time to put the plans into action, commence the project and get the job done.”