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Vietnam is part of the Mekong Delta, which is likely to be severely affected by the adverse impacts of climate change. Peak flows and river floods are set to increase in the wet season. Decreases in dry season flow may lead to serious fresh water shortages. Sea level rise and saltwater intrusion will increase, subjecting large areas of the coastal delta to a brackish environment.

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Vietnam is part of the Mekong Delta, which is likely to be severely affected by the adverse impacts of climate change. Peak flows and river floods are set to increase in the wet season. Decreases in dry season flow may lead to serious fresh water shortages. Sea level rise and saltwater intrusion will increase, subjecting large areas of the coastal delta to a brackish environment.

With around 17 million people (20% of the Vietnamese population) the Mekong Delta is densely populated. The delta has enormous flooding problems, increasing salinity, drainage of naturally occurring acid sulphate soils, with high levels of potentially toxic aluminium and poor phosphorous availability. The delta has highly fertile soils and abundant fresh water. However, uneven seasonal distribution of rainfall causes temporary drought conditions in the central and eastern parts.

The Mekong Delta Plan (MDP) deals with development in the delta until 2050, and from 2050 towards 2100, and presents a long-term vision for Agro-Business Industrialisation. The Mekong Delta Integrated Climate Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Project is based on the MDP recommendations.