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Vietnam Province Launches Geospatial Database
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/nov/25/vietnam-launches-geospatial-database/
Source Date: Monday, November 25, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Created: Nov 25, 2013

Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) handed over a geospatial database to the administration of Soc Trang province, as it joins four other provinces in the Mekong Delta in a climate change adaptation programme.

The climate change adaptation programme is national project which aims to help provinces in the Mekong Delta develop an effective strategy to adapt to climate change and ensure sustainable natural resource exploitation. The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and implemented by GIZ.

Le Thanh Tri, deputy chairman of the Soc Trang People’s Committee, noted that Vietnam is among five countries judged most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels, and the Mekong Delta was among three deltas that would suffer the biggest climate change impacts.

As Vietnam’s rice basket, the delta needs to have a sustainable environmental strategy that would enable it to adapt to climate change so as to prevent substantial socio-economic losses.

The geospatial database compiles authoritative data from various government agencies in Vietnam. Additionally, it also contains maps which dates back to 1904 and were only available in France.

Since shoreline changes can only be understood over long periods of time, the database will provide decision makers with historical maps that would help them trace back the development of the coastline and to identify suitable and site-specific measures for coastal protection.
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