PARIS — France has a leading role to play in helping develop Viet Nam's water resources and environmental sectors, said Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Nguyen Minh Quang at the sixth World Water Forum in Marseilles, France, last week, while meeting with France's Minister for International Co-operation and Development, Henri De Raincourt.
Quang said he hoped that France would continue to help Viet Nam study the impacts of climate change and industrialisation on river systems, especially the Red and Mekong rivers. Dam construction along the Mekong River and its tributaries has had a devastating effect on water resources in Viet Nam's rice bowl, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, he said.
Viet Nam would like France to play a stronger role in the Mekong River Commission, since its experiences in this field could help Viet Nam research and improvement the management of water resources, he said.
Raincourt replied that he was keen to step up co-operation with Viet Nam in these areas, and he hoped that future discussions on energy, agriculture and food security, access to clean water and other international issues relating to multinational river systems would also take place. — VNS