Strengthening the capacity of water environment management in river basins is the important content of a project supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with the aims to enhance building and implementing the ministry’s legal policies to improve the water environment at Vietnamese river basins, said Nguyen Hoang Phuong Lan from the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA). The planning framework to implement the project between 2016 and 2018 at central and local levels on the Cau and Dong Nai rivers also drew the panels’ attention.
The VEA and the Japanese agency hold a workshop in Hanoi on March 22 to discuss the solutions to cope with any problems arising during the implementation of the project, as well as create a premise for long-term cooperation in environment management, including the water environment at river basins. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan said that the Party and State have paid due attention to water environmental protection at river basins by promulgating policies, mechanisms, and normative legal documents in the field, including the use of international assistance. For example, the technical cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese and Japanese Governments signed in October 1998 is a vivid demonstration. Under the signed agreement, two agencies have jointly investigated, analyzed and evaluated the real situation in water environment management of rivers in Vietnam.