Where sand is essential: towards sustainable sand mining in the Lower Mekong - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Where sand is essential: towards sustainable sand mining in the Lower Mekong

As of: December 2020

The project will contribute to maintaining key ecological functions and reducing socio-economic vulnerability to climate change in the Mekong Delta. In order to achieve this, the project will, in close consultation with key stakeholders, establish a basin-wide sand-and-gravel-budget to create a uniformly agreed understanding of the scope and impact of unsustainable extraction rates. The project will work with key actors in the public and private sector to develop and propose improved policies and practices in relation to sustainable sand and gravel mining. The need for action will particularly be raised by public outreach on the impact of unsustainable sediment exploitation in the Mekong Delta. Furthermore, the project promotes the participation of and dialogue between key actors in the Vietnamese construction sector, and will provide information on the risks associated with sand mining and opportunities of sustainable alternative sourcing for sand and gravel.

State of implementation/results

  • First stakeholder and media analyses conducted.
  • First preparations for a study trip for Vietnamese decision-makers to European river basins.

Project data

Viet Nam

Implementing organisation:
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) - Vietnam
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Vietnam
  • Durchführungspartner Mekong River Commission (MRC)
  • WWF Greater Mekong Programm

BMU grant:
2.889.619,00 €

07/2019  till  06/2023

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