Vietnam Plus —
Vice Director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Department of Water Resources Management, Nguyen Thi Thu Linh, has called for practical action to sustainably protect and tap into water resources.
In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, with the theme “Valuing Water”, Linh said Vietnam has abundant sources of water, with a total volume of around 9,434 cu m per capita each year – higher than regional and global standards.
However, due to reliance upon external sources, the domestic annual volume is only 4,200 cu m per capita, lower than the average of 4,900 cu m per capita per year in Southeast Asia, she added.
As Vietnam is one of the countries hit hardest by climate change, water resources will be severely and quickly affected by uncertain rainfall and rising sea levels.