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Impact of saltwater intrusion on water resources and irrigation in the Southern Central region of Vietnam under climate change


The Southern Central region includes a strip of narrow coastal plains extending along the coast of Vietnam. In this region, groundwater aquifers are contaminated by saltwater intrusions. This process is further accelerated by groundwater pumping, increase of the sea-level, and the more frequent and prolonged droughts that are both direct consequences of climate change. Saltwater intrusion generates a severe decrease of quality and quantity of water resources and is a direct threat to rice production due to the dependence of agriculture on groundwater resources for irrigation. This project aims at strengthening research capacities and providing scientific databases and management solutions for the sustainable exploitation and utilization of groundwater resources for the agro-food sector in the Southern Central region, hence contributing to climate change mitigation and sustainable socio-economic development of the region.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Thomas Hermans
Local promoter Huu Hieu Ho
Local partner institution Universiteit Gent
visit www.ugent.be
Local partner institution Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources
visit http://vigmr.vn/vigmr/frontend/?lang=eng
Other Flemish Partners KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Other local partners Vietnam National University of Agriculture
visit www.vnua.edu.vn
National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation
Budget € 278.970