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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) held consultation workshop in Hanoi on May 23 to complete a regional project (Vietnam component) on Reducing Pollution and Preserving Environmental Flows in the East Asian Seas through the Implementation of Integrated River Basin Management in ASEAN Countries.

The project is implemented in seven ASEAN nations: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos and Vietnam.

Tran Thi Le Anh from the VEA said that the nation-level pilot project will be carried out in Vu Gia-Thu Bon river basin in central Quang Nam province and inshore areas of Quang Nam and Da Nang city.

Juergen Lorenz, an expert from the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, said that the project looks to improve integrated water resources management, reduce pollution loads from nutrients and other land-based activities, sustain freshwater environmental flows and reduce climate vulnerability through demonstrations and replications, planning and strengthening of integrated river basin management in selected countries in the East Asian Seas.

With aid worth 1 million USD and a counterpart fund of 3 million USD, the Vietnam component project should seek additional assistance and more partners, he added.

Several activities involved in the project in Vietnam include solid waste treatment, maintenance of seawater quality monitoring systems in Quang Nam and Da Nang, according to Lorenz.-VNA