(VOV) - France is one of Vietnam's key partners, helping the country implement water and environmental projects and cope with climate change, as well as providing technical assistance for managing water resources and river basins.
Vietnam attends World Water Forum in Marseille
The Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Nguyen Minh Quang, made this statement on March 16 at a meeting with French Minister of Cooperation Henri De Raincourt on the sidelines of the 6 th World Water Forum in Marseille, France.
Minister Quang said 80 percent of Vietnam’s population has access to water for daily use thanks to abundant water resources from rivers. He asked France to continue its assistance in researching the impact of rivers, particularly the Red and Mekong Rivers.
The construction of hydroelectric power dams on the Mekong River will greatly affect the water supply for the Mekong River Delta-Vietnam’s rice granary and the lives of nine million people, Mr Quang noted.
He added that Vietnam hopes France will take an active part in the Mekong River Commission to share cooperation experiences and support the country to do research on water resource management of the Mekong and Red Rivers.
Mr De Raincourt said that despite the difficulties caused by the economic downturn in Europe, France still maintains a budget for international development and supports Vietnam’s proposals. France hopes to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam and become involved in the Mekong River Commission and bilateral assistance for the Mekong River in Vietnam. The forum is scheduled to close on March 18 with the adoption of 20-point statement at ministerial level, including the terms for the right to access clean water resources, which indicates new progress recorded at the event.