Climate change threatens water security in Vietnam

Viet Nam News

Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday.

Held by Việt Nam’s Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises (VAFIE), the Việt Nam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Germany’s Network for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and German Agency for International Co-operation, the conference aimed to improve public awareness of the consequences of climate change on the environment, especially on water security.

It also allowed domestic and foreign scientists and agencies to discuss science and technology and experience in preventing environmental disasters.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Trần Việt Thanh said that climate change has made protecting water resources more complicated.

River water and ground water levels are decreasing, while sea levels, flood tides and salt intrusion are on the rise, he said, adding that the demand for water in production and daily activities has increased due to industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth.

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