The Mekong Delta with a natural area of about 4 million hectares and over 18.4 million people, is the biggest agricultural production area in the entire country and is considered the rice basket of Viet Nam. Besides rice production, the Mekong Delta is also rich in fruit and seafood for export. During the past years, many industrial and processing zones have been established, contributing a big part into the development of the whole country. Economic growth and improved living standards have resulted in huge energy demand in Vietnam in generafl and in the Mekong Delta in particular. The primary energy demand is projected to grow annually in the region. Alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind and other renewable energy, especially biomass are becoming more and more attractive. It is not only to develop economy of the region and to reduce the urban pollution but also to contribute to solve the global warming problem related to energy.

          The First International Workshop on Development of Renewable Energy for the Mekong Delta (DREMD-1) is held from 14th to 15th March 2016 with the purpose of strengthening the ties between Vietnamese and international colleagues, and, at the same time, to foster a number of concrete research collaborations. The workshop will provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of advances in the science and technology of clean and renewable energy development in the Mekong Delta and build network with the scientists and engineers from different countries.

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