The French Development Agency (AFD) has provided nearly 350 million EUR (473 million USD) for the Vietnamese Government to carry out 30 projects in water drainage and environmental sanitation since 1997.

Thirteen of such projects worth 270 million EUR have contributed greatly to the distribution and control of the water resources in the deltas of Mekong , Dong Nai, and Hong (Red) rivers.

These were announced at a press conference in Hanoi on November 6 by the AFD introducing the film festival as part of the Vietnam-France Year (2013-2014) and the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

The festival, which highlights stories about water, will take place in the capital from November 12-13, with the aim to clarify challenges facing water management in the context of the increasing demand for water access.

The French agency granted Vietnam a 20-million-EUR loan and a 0.8-million-EUR aid for a project on enhancing the water management capacity and upgrading the Bac Hung Hai irrigation system in the northern provinces of Hung Yen and Hai Duong and Hai Phong city.

A research on the climate change had been conducted under the project.

The country also received a loan worth 40 million EUR and a non-refundable aid of 1 million EUR for a rural development project in the central region that supports the infrastructure development in 13 central provinces via building a 1,000-km road and irrigation facilities.

AFD financed a summer training course on water and related issues.-VNA