Where sand is essential: towards sustainable sand mining in the Lower Mekong
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
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.