Vietnam’s New Water Amendment Gives Local Communities More Say Over Projects’ Water Use

Vietnam, HANOI — In an amendment to the Law on Water Resources that came into effect with the new year, communities in Vietnam will now in theory have more say over projects that use water in their areas.
The amendment, which was approved last June, stipulates that investors in projects that use water or discharge waste into water bodies are required to consult with communities in local areas so the environmental impacts of the projects can be assessed during the planning stage.
However, Nguyen Thuy Anh of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, expressed concerns about the vagueness of portions of the amendment.

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