Case studies within a five-part case study set that will provide inputs to the development of the Water for Food and Ecosystem (WFE) framework strategy for Viet Nam were introduced to the Viet Nam - Netherlands WFE Partnership stakeholders in a study tour held on 30-31 May.
The tour provided project stakeholders with the opportunity to understand the priority issues that WFE is addressing in different geographic areas, and strengthen relationships between sectors and organizations involved in the project’s implementation.
This partnership aims to facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration for integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Viet Nam, which will enable both food production and ecosystems to thrive.
Approximately thirty representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), Viet Nam Water Partnership (VNWP), Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN), Vietnam Institure of Water Resources Research (VIWRR), Vietnam Environment and Sustainable Development Institute (VESDI), Water Resources Conservation and Development Center (WARECOD), and local institutions participated in this study tour.
The first site visited was the North Duong River Irrigation System, which is the area for the case study “Potential use of wastewater for irrigation to alleviate water pollution while assuring sustainable and safe agriculture in the North Duong River System in Ha Noi and Bac Ninh Province.”
During the visit, participants discussed water resources utilization and management practices. They examined water quality and agriculture product monitoring to assess the feasibility of re-cycling polluted wastewater for agricultural use from Phong Khe paper handicraft village.
The second field visit was to Xuan Thuy National Park for the case study “Maintaining ecological integrity while fostering productive and sustainable use of water and ecological resources in the Red River Estuary in Xuan Thuy National Park, Nam Dinh Province.”
Participants learned about the biodiversity value of the park and initial results of the case study were disseminated. The findings will contribute to innovative solutions to maintain the ecological integrity of the park while developing income-generating schemes and improved agriculture and aquaculture production.
This strategy is expected to be released at the end of 2008 when the current first phase of the WFE initiative is completed.