A seminar under the second phase of an underground water project took place in Hanoi on February 26 to seek measures for better water resource management that can lead to sustainable development.

The event, co-hosted by the Centre for Planning and Inspection for Water Resources under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Coordinating Committee for GeoScience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP), saw the participation of 11 nations including Japan , China , the Republic of Korea , Thailand , Cambodia , Indonesia , Malaysia , the Philippines , Papua New Guinea , Timor-Leste and Vietnam .

The underground water project is part of CCOP’s activities, which aims to increase member nations’ capacity in water resource management as well as information sharing and cooperation in this field.

The second phase of the project, which began in February, 2010 and is due to complete in March, 2013, aims to supplement current hydro-geological maps with more information regarding temperature and water quality.

Many reports presented at the seminar provided useful experience for Vietnam in dealing with several critical issues, such as land subsidence and saltwater intrusion. Countries’ experiences and the current situation of water resource management, as well as measures to deal with the problem were also discussed.

Phase one of the project, with the participation of nine countries, focused on making a general evaluation of underground water resources. It was completed in March, 2009.-VNA