A farmer fish in Tam Binh district of the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long. The Mekong Delta is facing a shortage of water even in the flood season, which is blamed on climate change (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A technical assistance project funded by the Dutch Government has been successful in enhancing training capacity for the Water Resources University and the Hanoi University of Natural Resources & Environment.

The assessment was made at a review meeting held in Hanoi on September 21 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam.

The project, worth nearly 1.32 million EUR, was carried out from 2012 to 2016, aims to help the two universities and other partners to train high-quality human resources for the sustainable development of water resources in Vietnam.

Addressing the event, MoNRE Deputy Minister Chu Pham Ngoc Hien highlighted the positive contribution the Niche project has made to the two universities over the past five years.

Enhancing the capability of training human resources for the sector of water resources is very important in the context of climate change, with droughts, salt intrusion, floods, pollution and natural resource exhaustion all affecting the country, Hien said.

Echoing the Deputy Minister, Rector of the Hanoi University of Natural Resources & Environment Nguyen Ngoc Thanh expressed his hope that the project will help expand the water resource management training network at home and abroad.-VNA