Foreign visitors to Hue imperial city. (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) - A workshop with focus on the preservation of cultural heritage and wastewater treatment in downtown areas was held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on September 15.

The event, as part of the ongoing 10th cooperation conference between Vietnamese and French localities, drew experts from Vietnamese localities and Nimes City of France.

Participants discussed the impacts of using global water resources, saying that countries worldwide need to work together to protect water resources.

The Interdepartmental Syndicate for Sanitation of Greater Paris shared its experience in upgrading the water drainage system in Hue City, contributing to protecting the ancient imperial city’s heritage.

The two nations have been implementing a project on developing ecotourism and preserve heritage in the Bach Ma national park in Thua Thien – Hue province.

French and Vietnamese experts agreed that time and urbanisation have taken a huge toll on cultural structures and heritage in Hanoi, Thua Thien – Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.

France has also provided support for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in preserving and upgrading old apartment buildings.

Communication is needed to enhance public awareness of protecting heritage, experts said.

The same day, an international trade fair alongside the conference, featuring nearly 300 booths of French and domestic enterprises.

The event offers special products of the localities.

The Vietnamese – French Culture Days are also being held from September 15-17 to promote mutual understanding and cultural and tourism exchange between the two nations’ localities.-VNA