A project to enhance the capacity of water environment management in river basins will be launched in several cities and provinces this September, as heard at a seminar in Hanoi on April 15.

The project will cover the development of macro management tools as well as improving the capacity to draft laws and policies concerned and their enforcement under the management of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), said Project Manager Ichiro Adachi.

It will be piloted in the Cau River basin in the northern provinces of Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Thai Nguyen as well as the Dong Nai River basin in southern Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces.

Initially, working groups will take charge of defining visions, goals, strategies and water quality standards, calculating the existing and future level of pollution based on respective socio-economic development plans and holding educational campaigns about the cause.

Nguyen Thi Thanh My from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment requested improvements in the activities of river basin environment protection organisations, the design of a master plan for river basins and a database, and increased coordination between localities and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in dealing with environment incidents and tapping mineral resources in river basins.

The seminar was co-hosted by the VEA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.-VNA