According to the SISD, watersources in many regional cities and provinces are heavily polluted dueto urbanisation and the rapid development of industry.
Both Vietnamese and German scientists said that water for irrigationand aquaculture farming is predicted to shrink. In Can Tho city forexample, the underground water level is estimated to fall by 0.5 metres,even 0.7 metres in some places, each year.
Thereis also an increasing number of hydroelectric plants in the regionleading to negative impacts on the environment, they added.
Prof. Dr. Bui The Cuong from the SISD said that all activities tomanage land and water sources have great influences on the populationand land areas, as well as the use and quality of the land and watersources. Therefore, studies of socio-economic impacts on water sourcemanagement should always take into account the diversity of localpeople’s livelihoods, Cuong said.-VNA