Environment minister urges water conservation in Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 03/23/2017 18:35 GMT + 7

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha warned citizens at an event in northern Vietnam of the alarming scarcity of water, calling for the urgent conservation of water resources in the country.

A national campaign was organized in Bac Ninh Province on Wednesday morning to mark World Water Day, an event aimed at raising social awareness of water pollution and the importance of protecting resources.

The event was sponsored by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and Comfort, a Unilever brand in Vietnam.

Situated downstream of many major rivers, Vietnam faces significant challenges brought about by a lack of water resources, Minister Ha explained at the event.

“Two-thirds of the water in Vietnam’s rivers come from outside the territory,” the official pointed out, adding that the average volume in the country is about 3,600 cubic meters per person a year, compared to the global average of 4,000 cubic meters per person.

The extreme shortage of fresh water is present in regions across Vietnam and is only exacerbated by drought, salt water intrusion, and water pollution.

“Provinces in the central region, Central Highlands, and Mekong Delta have suffered serious consequences brought about by the problem,” Minister Ha stated.

Water is also being wasted in major cities, the official asserted, adding that the community must join hands to solve the issue.

He urged local residents and authorities at all levels to strive toward enacting measures to recycle wastewater and ensure the sustainable use of clean water.

According to Nguyen Dac Chien, chairman of the administration in Chi Lang Commune, Bac Ninh, water wastefulness is still common in the locality because residents mainly collect water from drilled wells.

Nguyen Tu Quynh, chairman of the Bac Ninh People’s Committee, said that climate change, population growth, and economic and social development have placed immense pressure on the nation’s water resource.

“National development will be meaningless if it does not ensure quality of life, in which clean water plays an essential role,” Quynh conclud

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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