Early warning system to prevent risks of flooding Northwest Vietnam
The mountainous northern provinces of Vietnam are vulnerable to floods and landslides. As a result of recent extreme rainfall events people died and houses got destroyed. What are the options to reduce the impact of this kind of weather events by preventive interventions?
Improved land use management, for instance agroforestry, could reduce erosion and landslides. It also contributes to water buffering in the soil and slows down the discharge of water to downstream areas. ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center) is currently carrying out some important pilots in Son La province and Dien Bien province to introduce new farm models based on agroforestry. Dutch partners (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science, HAN University of Applied Science, Royal Eijkelkamp, MCNV and Land Water Food Consult) recently explored the opportunities to collaborate with Vietnamese partners, in particular on related water aspects, during a mission to the province Dien Bien. The partners intent to combine technical innovations (sensors, communication means) with institutional and social measures. Focus is primarily on developing a community based early warning system to protect the remote villages and settlements. Secondly the relation with sustainable land management should be included as well. Together with other Vietnamese partners such as SFRI (Soil and Fertilizer Research Institute) and the provincial department (DARD/Extension Services) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development a project will be prepared. This video provides an impression of the mission in a nutshell.