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: October 2021

Sediment transportation and deposition are essential natural processes for the formation and maintenance of the Mekong Delta. Large-scale mining of sand and gravel for the construction industry is causing the delta to sink, and also reducing its effectiveness in protecting against climate change impacts. To improve protection for this area, the project is working closely with key stakeholders to develop a sand and gravel budget for the Lower Mekong catchment area. This is being supplemented by work with the public and private sectors that focuses on making improvements to regulations and mining practice. The project is also promoting dialogue between key stakeholders in the Vietnamese construction sector while providing background to the risks associated with sand mining and proposing sustainable alternatives. The project approach can also be deployed in other large tropical river deltas after being adapted to the individual conditions as appropriate.

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

Political partner(s):
  • Mekong River Commission (MRC)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Viet Nam

Implementing partner(s):
  • Mekong River Commission (MRC)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Viet Nam
  • WWF Greater Mekong Programm

BMU grant:
2.889.619,37 €

07/2019  till  06/2023

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