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Impacts of saline intrusion in the coastal areas on soil, water properties and production status of forestry-agriculture and agriculture farming systems in Soc Trang province
  • Name of project:Impacts of saline intrusion in the coastal areas on soil, water properties and production status of forestry-agriculture and agriculture farming systems in Soc Trang province
  • Project code:SED012
Project Description

CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND

Soc Trang is a coastal province of the Mekong Delta with a coastline of about 72 km, with a rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Mollusk aquaculture (clams and cockles’ farming in the coastal accretion zone) is one of the key professions in the province (General Department of Sea Islands, 2009) and it is still in expansion. The Soc Trang province is also considered to have the most fertile land potential for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta which plays a major role in the country's achievements, especially in the agro-forestry sector (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, 2010).

Unfortunately today, the province is considered to be strongly affected by sea level rise and changes in tidal regime. In 2016, the Soc Trang province had more than 2,300 hectares of rice affected by saline intrusion, with 780 hectares of damaged crops, according to local officials. As a result, the transition from traditional agricultural models to other farming models, in order to be compatible with salinity intrusion due to climate change and sea rising level, is now a general trend.

Facing the advantages, disadvantages and challenges of the Soc Trang province, the present project  aims to assess the impacts of saline intrusion on the status and the changes in the type of agro-forestry land use.

 

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

The goal of the project is to propose new adaptation farming systems for sustainable coastal zone development. It is based on the survey of the impacts of saline intrusion in the coastal zones on soil, the water properties and the production of forestry-agriculture and agriculture farming systems in the Soc Trang province.

 

ON THE FIELD

A few pictures of the surveys and field work conducted so far are displayed here after:

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Water sampling

 

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Soil sampling

 

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Shrimp farm

 

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Interviews of fruit growers

 

References

General Department of Sea Islands, 2009. Report on the master plan for socio-economic development of Soc Trang to 2020 - Department of marine resources –

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, 2010. The National Strategy on Climate Change in Vietnam.

Person in charge

Phan Thi Ngoc Thuan (PhD candidate and Master lecturer at Can Tho University, Viet Nam).

Co-leader

Ly Trung Nguyen (Master student at Can Tho University, Viet Nam).

Other participants involved

Van P.D.Tri (CanTho University) as scientific adviser,

Phan Ky Trung and Tran Van Hau (Can Tho University) for data analysis,

Tran Hien An Khuong, Nguyen Bao Toan and Do Phung Thien Khang for data collection.

This project was funded by the 2017 SEDES Small projects grant.
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