Strengthening the Australia-Mekong partnership

November 4th, 2022

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is a key area for the country’s agriculture and aquaculture sectors, supporting national food security and export revenue. It is also the area most affected by climate change in Vietnam, as well as suffering from other threats like water scarcity, land subsidence and pollution.
The Sustainable Development of the Mekong Delta Outlook 2045 (SDMD 2045) is an initiative established at the request of the Communist Party Congress to integrate national and international collaborative research and development activities, to contribute to the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta region and beyond to the year 2045.
Under this initiative Can Tho University will organise an international forum every two years. The first forum (SDMD 2022) was titled – Science and Technology: Driving force for innovation and sustainable development.
Speaking at the forum, Dr Kim Wimbush from CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency – drew attention to Australia and Vietnam’s partnership, particularly in the Mekong Delta and the important role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the agriculture and aquaculture sector across the region.