The two-day Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) conference on intensifying coordination in water resource management wrapped up in Ben Tre province on June 5, confirming that water resources protection should be included in each country’s sustainable development strategy.

Delegates suggested putting an ASEM cooperative group on sustainable and effective water management into operation and connecting initiatives and projects and other ASEM groups involving disaster risk mitigation, energy, food safety and poverty reduction.

They also proposed organising ASEM seminars to exchange experiences in monitoring rivers in the two continents while asking for support for efforts to narrow the development gap.

ASEM members were asked to intensify information sharing with research institutes and centres.

All proposals will be reported to the 12th ASEAM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Luxembourg this November and the 11th ASEM Summit in Mongolia in 2016.

This year’s conference attracted approximately 180 delegates from 53 ASEM members and regional and international organisations, including the Mekong River Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River and the World Bank.

The next conference will be hosted by Bulgaria in 2016.-VNA