EMBANKMENT DAMS AND DYKES’ SAFETY IN VIETNAM
Minutes of the seminars held in
Danang and Hanoi from Sept. 8th to 14th 2014.
Olivier LE SANG
The safety of the embankments and dykes represents a huge challenge in Vietnam. Besidesthe issue of managing water, a valuable resource in terms of food security and energyproduction, the safety of people and assets is one of the essential conditions for ensuring longlasting economic development.
For that purpose, two seminars were held in September 2014, one in Danang, the other inHanoi, gathering a group of French experts, the Vietnamese authorities, a international financial institution and the main local concerned stakeholders. The reports of these seminars, joined to this letter, identify the major issues relative to embankment and dyke safety.
The 4000 km of dykes in Vietnam, some of which are thousands years old, require solutions that are adapted and long lasting. A number of proposals accompany these reports, which fulfilsboth the technical and human needs, as well as the requirements of the Vietnamese authorities.
Taking up the challenge of the Vietnamese embankments and dykes implies mobilising theparticipant entities. This mobilisation starts to take shape with the programme of action drawn up by the French experts and the identification of pilot sites by the Vietnamese authorities. To ensure the efficiency of this approach, financial solutions must also be found to meet thechallenge.
This final preparation stage is essential.
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