PM gives in-principle approval to groundwater protection project

04-Oct-2018 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has given approval in principle for the second phase of a project to improve groundwater protection in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta provinces using non-refundable aid from Germany.

The project requires total investment of more than VND56 billion (US$2.4 million), comprising some VND53.3 billion in non-refundable official development assistance from the German government and VND3.1 billion from Vietnam’s reciprocal capital.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will execute the project over four years, from 2018 to 2022.

The project is aimed at ensuring the exploitation and utilisation of underground water resources in an efficient and sustainable manner to counter the adverse effects of climate change and prevent water level decline, salinity intrusion and land subsidence in the coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta.

As such, the project will enhance the management capacity of local water resources, build a database on underground water and utilise the collected data for the management of and formulation of policies on water resources.

The project will also raise public awareness and improve coordination among professional agencies, local authorities and residents on the need to protect underground water resources.

Groundwater is one of the main water resources for the water supply in Vietnam. Coastal groundwater resources are threatened by salinisation and intruding seawater. The situation is already considered serious in the Mekong Delta region.


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