Scene at the meeting (Photo: bacninhtv.vn)

Bac Ninh (VNA) – A national meeting took place in the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 22 in response to the UN’s annual World Water Day.

Addressing the event, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha stressed this year’s “Wastewater” theme sends out a message that recycling wastewater could help improve water sources for living things on earth.

Vietnam is located in the downstream area. Two third of its river water resources originate outside the country, making it susceptible to relevant decisions made in upstream countries.

Vietnam’s average domestic water resource is estimated to stand at 3,600 m3 per person per year, well below the world figure of 4,000 m3. Pressures from economic growth and growing population have led to water pollution, degradation and depletion.  

Taking note of the Government’s attempt to boost water resources protection and sustainable use, the minister called for the community’s concerted efforts to tackle environmental challenges in general and wastewater in particular.

Chairman of the Bac Ninh People’s Committee Nguyen Tu Quynh said his province is growing rapidly with significant environmental problems, particularly wastewater from craft business and household activities.

He urged active participation of the whole society in improving and protecting water resources.

Participating international organisations and domestic businesses shared a commitment of collaborating in addressing water resources challenges and striving for sustainability in development.-VNA