Water resources planning in Mekong Delta should be prioritised: official

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Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh has underlined the need to focus on the planning and investigation of water resources across the country, especially in the Mekong Delta region.

Speaking at a recent meeting in Hanoi, the official proposed amending and supplementing the Law on Water Resources from 2020 in order to improve the management of sustainable exploitation and use of water resources.

Hoang Van Bay, head of the Department of Water Resources Management, said his department has prioritised the inspection of the operation of reservoirs, the planning of basic investigation of water resources nationwide, the building of a surface and underground water monitoring and managing system, and the listing of cross-border and inter-provincial water resources.

In 2019, the department will review the implementation of the Law on Water Resources in 2012 in preparation for the programme on building, amending, and supplementing the Law on Water Resources from 2020, while setting forth technical regulations in the sector.

Nguyen Xuan Truong, head of the Department of Planning and Finance under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said it needs to put into consideration a number of tasks and sectors, especially those regarding the amendment and supplementation of the 2012 Law on Water Resources.

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