Vietnam Environment Monitor 2003 was published recently by the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, World Bank and Danida – the Danish International Development Assistance – represented in Vietnam by the Royal Danish Embassy in Hanoi. Danida had provided the technical and financial assistance to publish the publication.
The launch took place on 28 October 2003 and was attended by the Minister for Natural Resource and Environment Mai Ai Truc, World Bank Country Director Klaus Rohland, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Bjarne H. Sørensen and many water sector professionals and media in Vietnam.
The new document, Vietnam Environment Monitor 2003, describes the general situation of water resources in Vietnam and highlights the emerging challenges and threats for achieving sustainable water and environmental management in the country.
Vietnam’s freshwater resources are threatened by rapid population growth, urbanization and industrialization, intensive agriculture and water transport. The quality and availability of fresh surface- and groundwater resources in Vietnam have been declining during recent years.
The Vietnam Environment Monitor 2003 underscores the importance of water and environmental resources to Vietnam’s social and economic development, ii) present the past and ongoing water resources development and management efforts, iii) highlight the emerging environmental management challenges and threats that face Vietnam and their social, economic and political implications and iv) summarize a set of indicators that could be used to monitor changes in the water environment in Vietnam.
Le Thi Tuyet Lan (Mrs.)
Royal Danish Embassy
19 Dien Bien Phu