After discussing with Implementation for Capacity Development and ODA Water Resources Projects in Ninh Thuan Province (MCDU) on the contents of the final report, on 22 May, the Task Team had a meeting on approving the report with the Provincial People's Committee. The meeting attendees included the leaders from the Departments of Planning and Investment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Environment, Internal Affairs, MCDU, Irrigation Management Limited Company (IMC) and the Provincial Extension Center. The leader of the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) also attended the meeting as a technical assistant in providing input data to the central gaging stations. The meeting took place under the chairing of Mr. Luu Xuan Vinh, the PPC Chairman.
With the purpose of providing technical support and policy recommendations to the local province as a motivation for water resources management improvement, the research has focused on water management solutions for agriculture in the context of climate change. Therefore, the report attracted full attention from the participants.
A lot of solutions for the recent urgent problems were also addressed in the research, regarding to managing excess flow during rainy years to minimize flood risks; identifying rainwater reserve measures in rainy seasons for further use in dry seasons to minimize drought risks; increasing available water resources efficiently without increasing drought risks; improving water productivity in farming; and strengthening drought resilience for irrigated agriculture. These solutions were divided into three levels of irrigated agriculture, river basin and nation corresponding to short, medium and long-term routes.
The report will be continuously finalized in June 2018 according to the comments provided by the provincial departments/ agencies and the WB’s senior experts.