Vietnam

Downstream water challenges and a variable climate

About two thirds of Vietnam’s water resources originate from catchments in upstream riparian countries, particularly the Mekong and Red Rivers. Water resource management decisions made in upstream countries exacerbate the highly variable seasonal and geographical distribution of water. These water challenges are compounded by occurrences of extreme weather events.

Australia’s experience in managing extreme seasonal and geographic water distribution within the context of a changing climate has proven to be valuable in supporting Vietnam’s water management.

Australia-Vietnam collaboration for water management

The Australian Water Partnership’s activities in Vietnam so far have focused on building the knowledge and expertise of key water practitioners to ensure safe, reliable and sustainable urban and irrigation water use.

Two main collaborative mechanisms have emerged: the Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought Affected Provinces (WEIDAP) and Utility Twinning.

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Australia-Vietnam Water Utility Improvement Program

Water utility twinning between Vietnamese and Australian water utilities striving towards excellence in the water utility sector.

Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought Affected Provinces

Modernising irrigation systems in five drought-prone provinces in the South Central Coastal and Central Highland regions of Vietnam.

Vietnam Water Charging Manuals

Supporting the development of manuals to implement the water charging regime component of the new Law on Hydraulic Work in Vietnam.

Vietnam Water Law Pilot Study

Supporting Vietnam in developing a shared methodology to road test the water charging manuals under the new Law on Hydraulic Work.

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