Mekong Water Innovation Proposes Soil Bank Concept

The Mekong Water Technology Innovations Institute (Mekong Water Innovation) has proposed piloting a soil bank model for better management of canal dredging and for generating revenue from dredged soil in the Mekong Delta region.

Trinh Cong Van, director of the Institute, said at a conference on solutions to climate change adaptation in the Mekong Delta in Can Tho City last week that demand for canal dredging in the region has grown, especially at a time of serious drought hitting the region.

He added that the soil bank is expected to help solve problems with ineffective handling and control of dredged soil as well as outdated dredging technology in the Mekong Delta, the Vietnamnet Bridge reports.

Dredged soil would be stored in the bank for future ground leveling projects, instead of dumping it rampantly.

According to Van, an active control of dredged soil will limit illegal soil disposal in many localities and negative impacts on the environment. He stressed the need to work out medium and long terms plans for the soil bank to operate successfully.

The absence of a long-term plan for canal dredging could result in a lack of funding for implementing the soil bank.

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