Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 15:12:38 Photo courtesy of cerwass.org.vn (VOVworld) – With a dense network of rivers and canals plus a tropical monsoon climate, Vietnam has abundant water resources from rainfall, surface water, and ground water. Acknowledging the grave importance of water in rural development, the Vietnamese government has spared no effort to upgrade its institutions and policies for better water resource management. VOV’s Minh Cham reports… Vietnam has 108 river basins and approximately 3,500 rivers and streams with a length of 10 km or more. These water resources are vital to ensuring Vietnam’s food security, energy security, industrialization, and modernization. However, about 2/3 of this water originates outside of Vietnam and international cooperation mechanisms for managing trans-border waters are inadequate. Moreover, Vietnam’s growing population and rising living standard is straining its water resources. Le Huu Thuan, Deputy … [Read more...] about Vietnam protects water resources for sustainable rural development Village life
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Who should be responsible for the nation’s water supply? (05-11-2005) Water management has been transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Experts discussed the transfer with Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times). Nguyen Dinh Ninh, deputy head of the Water Resources Department: Viet Nam has 2,360 rivers spanning more than 10km, and a total basin area of over 10,000sq.km. The total amount of water flowing in all rivers and streams is approximately 835 billion cubic metres, including 313 billion cubic metres originating here in Viet Nam. The dynamic reserve of underground water is about 1,500 cubic metres per second. Water accumulated during the rainy season (which usually lasts 3 or 4 months) accounts for 70 – 75 per cent of total water reserve, a figure that rests at only 25 – 30 per cent during the dry season. This is due to floods, drought and various other weather phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Who should be responsible for the nation’s water supply?
Widespread water pollution nationwide has inflicted an estimated economic loss of 11.6 trillion VND (510.7 million USD) in the last ten years and the situation is not getting better, an environmental expert says. Residents in the northern city of Sơn La wash clothes and vegetables in water collected in plastic buckets Nguyen Ngoc Ly, Director of the Hanoi-based Centre for Community and Environment Research said rapid urbanisation and industrialisation were generating more and more pollutants, and the water environment had been badly hit.Apart from the economic losses, water pollution had had serious health impacts, she said.Fixing water pollution required huge funding, Ly said, citing as an example the efforts made to clean the 8km long Nhieu Loc Canal in HCM City.The restoration work, ongoing since 2008, has taken many years and 685 million USD thus far.Nguyen Van Thuy, Director of the Centre for Environment Monitoring, said Vietnam has about 3,450 rivers and springs with … [Read more...] about Water pollution getting worse in Vietnam: experts
(Cinet)- Ha Noi city's People's Committee has promulgated Decision No.6590/QĐ-UBND about investing into the Project to restore 10 ancient houses in Duong Lam Village, Son Tay town. Nearly two-dozen antique houses dating back 100 to 400 years in Duong Lam Village on the outskirts of Ha Noi will be repaired next year. According to the Ha Noi People's Committee, 10 village houses in Son Tay town will be repaired in three years, while also making efforts to restore their original value. The city will spend VND800 million (nearly US$35,500) into each house. The entrances are made of ironwood and employ typical northern Vietnamese aesthetics. A giant banyan tree, fresh water well and communal house are also common characteristics within the village. On 10th anniversary of Duong Lam ancient village recognized as national arts and architecture relic sites on November. Son Tay town People's Committee affirmed that the locality will endeavor to turn Duong Lam ancient village to become national … [Read more...] about Approaching to build Project about restoring antique houses in Duong Lam Village
HÀ NỘI — Widespread water pollution nationwide has inflicted an estimated economic loss of VNĐ11.6 trillion (US$510.7 million) in the last ten years and the situation is not getting better, an environmental expert says. Nguyễn Ngọc Lý, director of the Hà Nội-based Centre for Community and Environment Research said rapid urbanisation and industrialisation were generating more and more pollutants, and the water environment had been badly hit. Apart from the economic losses, water pollution had had serious health impacts, she said. Fixing water pollution required huge funding, Lý said, citing as an example the efforts made to clean the 8km long Nhiêu Lộc Canal in HCM City. The restoration work, ongoing since 2008, has taken many years and $685 million thus far. Nguyễn Văn Thùy, director of the Centre for Environment Monitoring said Việt Nam has about 3,450 rivers and springs with length of at … [Read more...] about Water pollution getting worse: experts