Scientists from Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Laos joined together in an workshop held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from December 15-16 to discuss issues related to water supply in urban areas and the effects of water quality on health.

The event, organised by the Hue University of Sciences in conjunction with Tokyo University and several other Japanese universities and research institutes, heard 50 reports on ecological health and the assessment of health risks related to the water environment in urban areas.

The reports introduced new methods in environmental impact assessment, and studies and projects on the environment and health implemented in several countries in the region.

The workshop provided participants with a good chanc e to share information and look for cooperation opportunities in the fields of urban sanitation, environment and climate change, while fostering cooperation among universities and research institutes of Japan and Vietnam.

Japan is one of the countries providing support for Thua Thien–Hue in the field of urban water supply.

Japan’s Yokohama Waterworks Bureau worked with Thua Thien-Hue Construction and Water Supply Company (HueWACO) to carry out a 600,000 USD project to improve water supply management in the locality.

Since 2002, the Yokohama Waterworks Bureau has dispatched experts and helped the locality train personnel in this sector while implementing various water supply activities in the central province.-VNA