Published on 11 Aug 2023

How Did Tropical Vietnam Run Out Of Clean Water? | Insight | Full Episode

The World Bank has said that water shortage is the biggest threat to Vietnam’s red hot economic growth. Why is one of the world’s wettest countries facing water insecurity?

How can Vietnam, a country with tropical climate and two big river deltas, face water shortage challenges? In Insight 2023/2024 (10 August 2023), Channel News Asia brought to viewers the environmental, political, economic and social factors that precipitate Vietnam’s water insecurity today.

Amongst the experts interviewed was Asst Prof Edward Park from NIE who highlighted the compounding impacts of dams, climate change and pollution on the Mekong and Red rivers.

Prof Duong Van Ni, the President of Mekong Conservancy Foundation and Lecturer at Can Tho University, elucidated the five influences on water resources: quantity, quality, linkage, variability, and culture. The episode went on to report how there is no place in Vietnam where water has all five values.

Interviews with locals revealed how the changing conditions induce them to adjust their habits to maintain the sustainability of agriculture. To meet rapidly increasing demand for water, the government faces a race against time to build water treatment plants to increase usable surface water.

About the show:

INSIGHT is a one hour long hard current affairs programme that aims to open the minds of viewers to the political, social and economic realities facing today's societies.

Every week, a team of producers will bring forward compelling arguments, impartial analysis and penetrating insights into topical issues of the day. What's on the menu are topics of concerns that have set the region talking as well as changing trends and events which impact Asia and beyond.

INSIGHT will get you closer to the heart of the issues with insightful interviews and engaging conversations, bringing to you the real story from behind extraordinary experiences.

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