Art performances will be held in several craft villages in the Nhue-Day river basin, a seriously contaminated river ecosystem.

The series of events is part of a project launched in Hanoi on August 25 to increase local inhabitants’ awareness of the importance of environmental protection.

Opera singers will take to the stage in Cu Khe commune, Thanh Oai district on August 30 and 31, with performances highlighting the problem of water pollution in the river.

Earlier this month, on August 11, a painting exhibition entitled “Green Dreams” was held at the Cu Khe primary school, which saw the participation of close to 180 children between the ages of 8-10. The students shared their solutions to reduce water pollution.

The Nhue-Day river basin covers 7, and flows through the northern provinces of Ninh Binh , Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Ha Nam and Hanoi .

According to the Environmental Protection Committee for the Nhue-Day river basin, levels of water pollution in the river has been increasing steadily, with many stretches of the river now considered heavily polluted, especially during the dry season.

In 2008, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved the project Environmental Protection in the Nhue-Day River by 2020, consisting of 12 smaller projects with a contribution of 3.34 trillion VND (163 million USD) from the State budget.-VNA