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Hanoi (VNA) – A meeting to review the implementation of an environment project between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was held in Hanoi on December 1.

Addressing the event, MoNRE Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan said the project, a joint  effort of the two Governments, aims to enhance MoNRE’s capacity of building and implementing legal documents to improve the water environment in river basins.

According to Nhan, Vietnam’s rivers, especially those flowing through cities, industrial parks and trade villages, are seriously contaminated.

To address the problem, Vietnam has promulgated many policies, mechanisms, and normative legal documents in the field, and sought international assistance, of which the JICA project is an example, Nhan said.

Naoki Kakioka, Deputy Chief Representative of JICA in Vietnam said the collection of basic data for implementing pilot projects has been fulfilled.

Japanese experts said they are willing to share their experience and provide technical assistance for the Vietnamese side in order to effectively implement the project.

Implementing from 2016-2018, the project “Strengthening the capacity of water environment management in river basins” will examine legal documents in the field, build six circulars and plans for the implementation of pilot projects at the basins of the Cau and Dong Nai rivers, and design plans and roadmaps for improving the management of water environment at river basins.-VNA