NETHERLANDS AND VIETNAM SIGN DAY RIVER PROJECT ON FLOOD CONTAINMENT AND WATER MANAGEMENT

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NETHERLANDS AND VIETNAM SIGN DAY RIVER PROJECT ON FLOOD CONTAINMENT AND WATER MANAGEMENT

Hanoi, 5 October 2000

On 6 October 2000 the Ministry of Agriculture of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Royal Netherlands Embassy will sign an agreement to support the ‘Feasibility Study for Day River Flood Diversion and Water Resources Development’ . The Netherlands will grant 2.982.000 Dutch guilders (appr. 1.192.800 USD).

The Day River Project consists of optimizing the diversion facility of the Red River by the opening of a river branch to the Day River system about 35 kilometers upstream of Hanoi. This will reduce the risks of inundation to the city of Hanoi and other vital downstream areas. Further it will improve the water resources management and agricultural productivity. Four main (groups of) activities will be carried out: drawing up of a hydraulic model to gain insight in the hydraulic capabilities of the Day River System; recommendations about dike system improvement; study of diversion, drainage and irrigation facilities; study of social, socio-economic and environmental aspects.
After a feasibility study will be conducted, the project will be implemented. The project will form part of the development of a system of integral water management in Vietnam.
The Day River Project will be conducted over a period of 2 years.

Support to Vietnam’s efforts in the water sector has become a priority of the Government of the Netherlands current co-operation programme with Vietnam. The sector has been included on the specific request of the government of Vietnam in view of the similarities in physical geography between the two countries and the Netherlands’ vast expertise in water management. The Netherlands’ present cooperation programme in this sector includes projects for Development of the Red River Basin, for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, for Inland Waterways, technical assistance to the implementation of the new water law and training.
In the future, the Netherlands Government hopes to be able to help Vietnam develop its integrated flood protection policy and accomplish its plan for flood mitigation in the central region of Vietnam.

The Netherlands spends yearly nearly 0.8% of its GDP on development cooperation. The total budget for development is approximately 3.2 billion USD, making the Netherlands the sixth donor country worldwide in absolute terms.
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For more information, please contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi (Mr. Nicolaas Bakker or Mrs. Nguyen Phuoc Binh Thanh) at 8315650.