On the morning of November 5, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development organized a seminar “Science and technology with water security, disaster reduction and climate change adaptation”. Attending the seminar, there were experts, scientists, managers from ministries, especially delegates from the community of ASEAN countries, Japan, the World Bank (WB) and Phat Bank. development (ADB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) …
With nearly 63% of 840 billion cubic meters of total water flowing from abroad, Vietnam is a country that has been, and will be, facing many challenges of water security for the socio-economic development process. The situation of degradation, depletion of surface water, underground water, lack of water, scarcity of water has become more and more common.
Competition for exploitation and use of water among industries, especially for agricultural production, is becoming more and more fierce, especially in the dry season. The decline of upstream forests, poor forest quality together with wasteful exploitation and use of water and low use efficiency have led to the failure to ensure the integrated and multi-purpose use in many areas and river basins.
Delegates were discussing for solutions of clean water
In this context, the Government of Vietnam has invested billions of dollars in irrigation works and enhanced disaster prevention capacity with 6,336 reservoirs, 10,000 dams, 13,000 pumping stations and 255,000km of canals. ditches, 25,958 km of embankments. These systems have brought important results for agricultural production with agricultural exports reaching US $ 40.02 billion, GDP of agriculture, forestry and fishery increased by 3.76% (2018), while contributing to the To build a safe society before natural disasters.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Hoang Hiep said that the ASEAN community has many opportunities but also faces many challenges to development requirements. Especially the challenges of water resource crisis due to population growth, urbanization and water pollution. In addition, climate change and extreme weather make natural disasters more and more difficult to forecast with unusual, even unprecedented events in the history.
Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hiep was giving his speech
This requires each ASEAN country and community, together with their partners, to jointly develop a common strategy to conserve and develop water resources, improve water use efficiency and value, and be environmentally sustainable. and improving capacity and resilience to natural disasters for the sake of sustainable development.
At the seminar, experts, scientists and managers shared knowledge, experience and orientation of science and technology development and cooperation, further enhancing the role of technology science. , proactively adapting to new opportunities and challenges. Especially since the 4.0 industrial revolution to conserve water, improve capacity to cope with natural disasters and climate change.