The 11th International Forum on Green Technology and Management (IFGTM 2021) is hosted by the College of Environment and Natural Resources (CENRes), Can Tho University.
VIETNAMESE MEKONG DELTA
Home to 19 million inhabitants, and the country’s largest agricultural production area, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta is termed the rice bowl of Vietnam. It is a region where scenic rivers, canals, and streams cut across and intersect rice fields, orchards, bustling centres of commerce and outstanding natural beauty.
CAN THO UNIVERSITY (CTU)
Situated in the heart of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho University combines outstanding international applied research with future-oriented teaching. Established in 1966, in the political, economic, cultural and transportation centre for the delta, Can Tho University has grown to be the premier university in the region. As a multidisciplinary university, it continues to make important contributions to society, culture and economy though knowledge and technology transfer.
Currently, Can Tho University has 15 faculties, one department and three research institutions with approximately 2,000 staff and more than 45,000 students, and offers 95 undergraduate, 37 master’s and 15 doctoral training programmes. Can Tho University’s main mission is to train and transfer knowledge and technology to promote regional and national socio-economic development. In addition to its teaching and training responsibilities, the exchange of knowledge, resources and expertise means Can Tho University actively takes part in scientific research and ongoing dialogue processes with regional, as well as national and international partners. These focus particularly on solving problems related to science, technology, economics, culture and society in the region.
Currently, the university is undergoing the Can Tho University Improvement Project, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (2015 - 2022). The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the university’s position as a centre of excellence and to meet international standards in education, research, technology transfer and governance. The focus is on the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, and the environment, in order to contribute to the socio-economic development, adapt to the challenges of climate change, and to enhance environmental protection within the Delta.
The CENRes comprises of five Departments, namely the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Department of Environmental Engineering, the Department of Environmental Management, the Department of Land Resources and the Department of Water Resources. Staff of the CENRes are fully committed to undertaking outstanding research, teaching, and promoting knowledge and technology transfer to the provinces of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Given pressures due to climate change, sea level rise and socio-economic development, the CENRes identifies its main focuses on the following fields:
- Biodiversity conservation
- Environmental toxicology
- Waste water and solid waste treatment in urban areas
- Water resource engineering
- Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
- Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
- Environment management
- Land-use planning
- Applied GIS and remote sensing