Group hones Water for Food and Ecosystems case studies

11 September 2008 | News story

Experts from the government and academia met to review the design of five case studies during a July 29, 2008, meeting of the Water for Food and Ecosystems (WFE) working group.

IUCN has been asked to support the WFE partnership between Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV).

The WFE strategy aims to harmonize agricultural and economically productive water uses with ecosystems’ need for water, allowing both remunerative and natural systems to operate effectively in an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) framework – which Viet Nam hopes to develop.

The goal is to leave enough water in natural systems, like rivers, for them to remain thriving habitats, while taking enough water for successful human enterprises.

The 30-member working group met to discuss improvements to the design of the case studies, which will be used to identify ways water can be managed by more users to account for more uses.

The topics of study are: integrated and sustainable use of water resources for maintaining ecosystems in Xuan Thuy National Park; the potential use of wastewater for irrigation in the North Duong River system; techniques for devising multiple-use management and operational strategies for water from the Hoa Binh Dam; better use of aquacultural and agricultural water in  Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province; and a national-level review of existing polices and institutional procedures as they relate to WFE.

The studies are being carried out by the Viet Nam Institute for Water Research, the Department of Water Resources, Ha Noi Water Resources University, the Department of Aquaculture and the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies, respectively.

Experts from those institutions will consider the comments heard and make the necessary adjustments with help from national and international consultants.

They will present a progress report on the case studies at the next working group meeting, tentatively scheduled for the last week of August 2008.

For more information, please contact Mr. Ly Minh Dang at dang@iucn.org.vn.