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Q&A: River exploitation reaches alarming level

Over-exploitation of rivers has caused a great deal of damage. Dr. Dao Trong Tu, director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Resources and Climate Change, tells Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper, in a Q&A.

By VNS

Vietnam, September 16, 2015

VNS

Over-exploitation of rivers has caused a great deal of damage. Dr. Dao Trong Tu, director of the Centre for Sustainable Water Resources and Climate Change, tells Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper.

Q: Experts and public opinion recently objected to an urban rehabilitation and development project by the Dong Nai River in Southern Viet Nam as they feared that reclamation would leave negative impact on the downstream area, change the currents and cause river bank erosion. Consequently, the project has been suspended. Do you think it was only a local issue?

A; I definitely confirm the issue regarding the Dong Nai River has exposed a reality that the river-related national economic development is now seriously threatening the country’s total river network, with the situation reaching an alarming rate.

 

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