Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand yesterday, Jan 26, reached an agreement to protect water quality in the Mekong River against emerging threats.

The Procedures for Water Quality agreement, the first of its kind and sealed by environment and water ministers from the four countries at the 17th annual meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council in HCM City, seeks to safeguard the basin and prepare people and agencies to respond to environmental emergencies.

Read more: VN, Laos, Thailand to protect Mekong


As a result of climate change, experts say storms likely to get worse and more erratic.

Flooding in VietnamExtreme weather is a part of everyday life in Vietnam.

The Mekong Delta floods each year and small children travel to school by boat. Typhoons and tropical storms blow across the South China Sea to the central coast, often on course from the Philippines. Rains flood the cities and thousands of motorbike exhaust pipes choke on the murky water.

But the floods that hit the north-central coast of Vietnam this past October were outside the normal pattern. What initially looked like an unremarkable depression on satellite maps wound up dropping 80 percent of Ha Tinh province's average annual rainfall in just 10 days. Close to 200 people died in these and later floods. More than 250,000 houses were submerged.

Major floods are usually prefaced by a storm. These weren’t. Few had the opportunity to move their belongings to higher ground. Many were trapped on rooftops without food or water for days. Reports by aid groups detailed stories of costly hospital equipment ruined and pregnant women giving birth in attics.

And this likely won’t be a one-off event. According to experts, unpredictable weather patterns seem to be on the rise in Vietnam. The country will need to adapt, they say, or face increased losses of agriculture, infrastructure and overall GDP.

Read more: Vietnam: More extreme weather on the way


DuPont recently collaborated with the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES) of Vietnam National University in Hanoi, to organize the 2nd National Workshop on the Environment and Sustainable Development. The focus of the workshop was on how to collaborate and translate policies into action plans for a sustainable Vietnam.

More than 150 participants from government agencies, universities, research centers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attended the workshop. Speakers included government officials from the Sustainable Development Office of Ministry of Planning and Investment; the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Office; and the Natural Resources and Environment Department of Thai Nguyen province. More than 40 scientific reports and presentations on sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and climate change were received and shared.

Read more: Sharing DuPont’s Sustainability Journey In Vietnam


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