Manila, Philippines (BBN) – Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are helping Viet Nam improve its water management and modernize its irrigation systems.

The Japan Special Fund, through ADB, will provide a US$1.0 million grant to help design a project to upgrade the quality of water-related public services and improve the management of Viet Nam’s water resources used for irrigation, according to an ADB press statement.

The project will support the government’s five-year socio-economic development plan, which promotes sustainable economic development through increased agricultural production to ensure food security and exports, improved crop productivity, quality of high-value products, development of aquaculture, and reduced vulnerability to the impacts of floods and droughts.

It will also be in line with Viet Nam’s national water resources strategy, which primarily seeks to protect, efficiently use, and promote the sustainable development of water resources through integrated management.

BBN/SI/SI/AD-29August08-12:58 PM