|A resident tries to get water from a well. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved in principle a German-funded project to strengthen underground water protection in Việt Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Sơn
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved in principle a German-funded project to strengthen underground water protection in Việt Nam.
The project, which will use non-refundable Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the German government, aims to ensure efficient and sustainable exploitation and utilization of underground water resources in the context of climate change as well as prevention of water level decline, saline intrusion and land subsidence caused by underground water exploitation in the coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta.
It also aims to enhance water resource management as well as updating, supplementing and setting up a database on groundwater in areas under the project.
Besides, the project will focus on raising public awareness and strengthening co-ordination between professional agencies, administrators and water users in the protection of groundwater resources and improving the capacity to investigate, assess and protect the management of water resources.
To be implemented from 2018 to 2020 nationwide, the project will have total investment of VNĐ56.4 billion (US$2.45 million), of which VNĐ53.3 billion will come from non-refundable ODA from the German Government, while the remainder will be funded by the Việt Nam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. — VNS