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IES' new EnviroSecurity Assessment on the Province of Ca Mau, Vietnam
10 May 2010
The Institute for Environmental Security (IES), under the Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation program is running its 6th Environmental Security Assessment in the Ca Mau Province, Mekong Delta in Vietnam, one of the poorest areas in the entire Mekong River Basin. Ca Mau faces grave consequences from climate change, the destruction of mangrove forests for shrimp farming and the pollution from these shrimp farms, all leaving an already poor population even more vulnerable.
The objective of the IES is to investigate the interaction between the locals and the vulnerable coastal ecosystems by means of participatory and multidisciplinary methods and earth observation technology, assess the potential for conflict, draft recommendations and advocate to bring attention to root causes of the problems and the alternatives.
At the end of April in the Nam Can District of Ca Mau, IES successfully completed a participatory stakeholder workshop and interviews of key actors. The full ESA report, maps, posters and interactive mapper website will be published in the third quarter of this year.
Jeanna Hyde Hecker
Project Coordinator Mekong/Colombia