The focus of the research project is the Thị Vải river landscape and the Cần Giờ Mangrove Forest in South Vietnam. The selected survey sites are situated in three provinces: Hồ Chí Minh City, Đồng Nai and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu

The catchment area of the Thị Vải covers app. 500 km² and overcomes nearly 90 km before it enters the South China Sea. There are about 80 companies, mostly situated in industrial areas along the river, which are discharging 34.000 m³ wastewater (from various areas and different origins) per day, mainly without effective treatment. Due to the numerous discharges, the river has been considered ecologically dead since about 1995.

This situation affects also the 760 km2 large Cần Giờ mangrove forest, adjacent to the Thị Vải River basin, which has been designated as a biosphere reserve in 2000. In recent years, the reserve was substantially damaged by erosion, sedimentation along the coastal region, fish farms, sewage and oil pollution. As a result of reduced land-based freshwater inflow, the seaside saltwater intrusion and the increasing evaporation, the forest soil is subject to chemical alteration.

The overall objective of the research project is the development, supply, and the use of water and environmental technologies and service tools in the framework of a management system. The system offers the user the capability of sustainable improvement of the environmental and living conditions of the designated coastal zone in South Vietnam. The project takes into account the anthropogenic influences, as well as the natural climate variability and future climate change.

In addition, the project aims to the transferability of the EWATEC COAST concept in the target country and other countries on capacity building, as well as the economic valuation of the management strategy.

Coordination (GER)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Meon
TU Braunschweig
Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources
Beethovenstraße 51a
D-38106 Braunschweig
+49 (0)531-391-3950 / -7128
g.meon@tu-bs.de, m.paetsch@tu-bs.de

Coordination (VN)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hồ Quốc Bằng
Viet Nam National University, HCMC
Institute for Environment and Resources
142 Tô Hiến Thành
Q. 10, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 906834630

Project partner (GER)

  • TU Braunschweig, Leichtweiß-Institut für Wasserbau (LWI)
  • Universität zu Köln, Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology (IGM)
  • University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Department of Environmental Engineering and Applied Informatics
  • University of Siegen, Research Institute Water and Environment (fwu)
  • Institute for Water Management GmbH
  • A3 Water Solutions GmbH
  • Enviplan engineering company GmbH
  • Engineers for Water, Environment and Data Processing IWUD GmbH

Project partner (VN)

  • National University HCMC, Institute for Environment and Resources (IER)
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Hanoi and MoST-Office South, HCMC (MoST)
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE)
  • Southern Institute of Water Resources Planning, HCMC (SIWRP)
  • Department of Ports and Coastal Engineering, Faculty of Civil Enginieering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
  • Hanoi University of Science, Department of Meteorology
  • Dang Tu Ky Leather Company, Nhon Trach Industry Zone, Dong Nai Province
  • DONRE – Department of Natural Ressources and Environment of Provinces Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City