The function

The Directorate of Water resources is an agency under Ministry of Agriculture and Rural develop­ment performs the function of advising and assisting the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Develop­ment in state management and law enforcement on water resources, dikes, natural disaster preven­tion and control, rural water supply and sanitation nationwide; implement public services on water resources, dike management, disaster prevention and control, and rural water supply and sanitation as prescribed by the law.

Tasks and mandates

1. Consult and assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development with as follows: these fol­lowing activities

a) Drafting acts, resolutions of the National Assembly, Ordinancesordinances, resolutions of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly, government decrees and resolutions, directives and decisions of the Prime Minister, institutional mechanisms, policies and other legal documents under the jurisdiction of the Directorate

b) Strategies; planning; long-term, medium-term and annual plans; and other key national pro­grams, projects, schemes and structures under the jurisdiction of the Directorate.

c) National standards, technical procedures, technical regulations and water resources specialized economic norms under the jurisdiction of the Directorate.

2. Disseminating, communicating popularizing and educating about the legal documents and state management activities of the Directorate; Guiding, inspecting and organizing the implementation of legal documents, mechanisms, policies, strategies, planning, programs, projects, schemes under the jurisdiction of the Directorate.

3. Developing, reviewing and adjusting Basin-based water resource plans, regional plans and irriga­tion system plans for more than two provinces;

4. Developing solutions to ensure safety and solve problems related to inter-provincial hydraulic works and major nationally important hydraulic works under the management of MARD as prescribed by the law; Operation procedure manual for hydraulic work systems, reservoir operation procedure, dam safety ensuring measures, flood prevention and control for the downstream; inspecting dam safety;

5. Developing and adjusting plans on flood control for diked river in the whole country; developing and adjusting plans on dikes; publicizing the plans and revised revising plans on diked river throughout the country.

6. Planning on disaster management; solu­tions to mobilize resources, materials, and means to prevent, control and recover from natural dis­aster, especially for dikes and hydraulic works;

Make overall report Synthesize reports, as­sessing the damages caused by natural disasters in the whole countrynationwide as prescribed.

Instructing and inspecting the implementa­tion of regulations on flood emergency cases, evacuation and support measures to protect the production and people’s livelihood; preventing, controlling and recovering from impacts of nat­ural disaster on dikes and hydraulic works

7. Instructing and inspecting the planning, construction plans, operation management, exploitation and protection of water supply, water drainage and rural sanitation systems; socializing(privatize) the rural water supply pro­cess.

8. Managing construction and investment as assigned by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural development and the provisions of the laws

9. Implementing the tasks of Central Stand­ing Committee for natural disaster management.

10. Implementing other tasks as assigned by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural develop­ment.


Main tasks


- For the on-farm in-field hydraulic work systems

Improve in-field hydraulic work systems to enhance the agricultural productivity, product’s quality and effectiveness to meet the demand of support the requirements of agricultural sector re­structuring in accordanceassociated with the new rural development.

Strengthening the local irrigation manage­ment organizations at the local level.

Review, strengthen and organize the local co­operatives following established theon the princi­ple of mutual interest, equality, co-ownership and supportiveness between cooperative members to benefit all members; at the same time, incorporate local irrigation management activities with new rural development.

Based on particular natural, economic and so­cial conditions and the scale of hydraulic works systems in each region, to propose different or­ganization models will be proposed: multi-service cooperatives, water service cooperatives, water user association,… Develop a coherent institu­tional system to support and strengthen their or­ganizational structure, management and services delivery capacity to sustainably develop the local irrigation systems.


- For Irrigation management companies (IMCs)

Continue to invest in upgrading the systems: rehabilitate canal systems, canal related hydraulic works; construct new canals, pumping stations to expand the irrigated area and improve capacity of the drainage systems; priorities given to hydrau­lic work systems in the Central region, the Central Highlands and the Mekong river River deltaDelta.

Invest in the hydraulic works that canto im­prove the capacity to provide revenue generating services such as water supply for domestic, indus­trial and service use, high-value-added agricultur­al production; increase revenues, reduce subsidies from the state budget and motivate the improve­ment of hydraulic work management and exploi­tation effectiveness.

Give priorities to high-tech equipment/facili­ties to improve the drought, saltwater intrusion and inundation forecast in the system of hydraulic work operation and management.

Improve the effectiveness of hydraulic works management: transform the hydraulic work man­agement and exploitation mechanism from plan­ning allocation to contract ordering; encourage expansion of paid services, priorities given to do­mestic, industrial, service and high-tech agricul­tural production; implement advanced manage­ment procedures to improve the efficiency and productivity of business.



Large-scaled and synchronized implementa­tion of advanced and water saving solutions in order to improve the productivity, quality, and ef­ficiency while reducing risks for high-valued crops; promote the development of manufacturing tech­nologies to provide equipment for advanced and water saving irrigation services.


Construct hydraulic work systems to create water sources for industrial plants areas, supply water for slope areas to increase the cultivated area, crops for effective and sustainable exploita­tion of slope area, poverty alleviation and defor­estation reduction for the Northern mountainous area and the Central region.



Construct reservoirs accordingly to the exist­ing plans, integrate these reservoirs to maintain stable water sources, construct water delivery systems to supply water for industrial zone, ser­vices, agricultural and aqua-cultural production in the coastal area which can reorganize aqua-cultural production activities towards water saving aquaculture and post- cultivation water treatment.


Implement sustainable solutions for to utilize water resources infrastructure for agriculture: In­vesting in infrastructure to actively extract wa­ter (fresh and salty water), in coordination with water saving and waste treatment solution to ensure clean water environment for aqua-cul­tural production zones and concentrated indus­trial fish farming areas (focusing on catfish and brackish water aquaculture).



Strengthen state management for dam safe­ty, ensuring thorough dam safety management for planning, survey, designing, constructing and managing operation activities; continue to review and improve the design standards and regulations in the context of climate change; ac­cess to international experiences.


Improve safety for the downstream regions: enhance the cross-sectoral coordination for flood warning and forecast, reservoir operation, and flood control for the reservoirs’ downstream areas

Enhance the flood and storm forecasting ca­pacity, effective reservoir operation, multiinter-reservoir regulation for flood discharge, towards real-time operation; Improve monitoring and observation devices; increase flood discharge capacity for large reservoirs according to inter­national standards; improve the flood discharge capacity of medium and small reservoirs and continue to carry out dam rehabilitation and up­grade.



The Directorate of Water resources Resources is assigned the task of supportingto consult the Minister of Agriculture and Rural development in state management and law enforcement for natural disaster prevention and control regulated by the law by the Government. It also holds the standing office of the National committee for nat­ural disaster prevention and control.


Continue to implement objectives and tasks stipulated by the Strategy on Natural Disaster pre­vention, control and mitigation; Review review and adjust the Strategy on Natural disaster pre­vention and control in accordance with the Law on Natural disaster prevention and control and new required tasks required byof the government

Develop a plan on disaster risk management and the plan on integrated flood management for river basins; develop plans and road maps. Priori­ties are given to these following tasks:

Improving Improve the institutional capacity for Natural disaster management committees at different levels

Develop and review planning activities, plans on disaster risk management; priorities are given to flood maps, hazard maps for storm and rising sea level; develop reservoir and flood control fa­cilities operation manual for reservoir and flood control facilities

Strengthen the capacity for early flood warn­ing; improve the installation of reservoir, flood and inundation monitoring and observation equip­ment; collaborate with the Ministry of Natural re­sources and Environment to enhance the meteor-hydrological monitoring and forecasting systems; priorities are given to rivers and reservoirs in the Central region

Raise awareness about community-based dis­aster risk management; improve the implemen­tation of The Scheme on “Raising communities’ awareness about Disaster prevention, control and mitigation” in accordance with the Decision no. 1002/QD-TTg dated 13/7/2009 of the Prime Min­ister.


Improve Consolidate the flood warning infor­mation system; review post-flood rescued and re­covery policies; continue to implement structural measures, especially reviewing structures which hinder the flood discharge capacity of the down­stream. Review the planning, enhance flood reten­tion capacity, keep space for water in river basins, flood retention pond system for urban and rural areas; continue to study on possible major flood prevention measures, priorities given to the Red river basin, Saigon-Dong Nai river basin, Ma river basin, and Ca river basin, etc. Enhance the mega-storm management capacity.



Continue to strengthen the capacity for study­ing and forecasting impacts of Climate Change, upstream development and downstream activities (such as ground water exploitation and ground subsidence) on the hydraulic work systems, for instance river dyke, sea dyke, pumping stations, sluices, gates… to propose adaptation and mitiga­tion measures


Improve the erosion management capacity in order to quickly handle any problems, erosion treatment on the with the management princi­ple of river and sea trainingtreatment. Promote environment-friendly measures, using wave wash protection trees and mangrove forests to manage erosion.

Conduct studies to improve the flood control planning for major cities and rural areas; imple­ment flood control measures for urban and rural areas.


Cooperate with other ASEAN countries in developing strategies and solutions to response to natural disasters such as mega storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc (ADDMER agreement); Promote coop­eration in ASEAN region and worldwide for natural disasters prevention and mitigation.


Cooperate with many international donors such as WB, ADB, JICA, JWA, AFD, KOICA, AUSAID, etc… to improve the capacity of water resources management agencies and local authorities through in­ternational workshops, seminars and conferences to introduce new technologies and management expertise of developed countries: Ensuring Ensure dam safety, early warning for flood control, climate change, clean water supply, water saving irrigation, etc.

Consult the Ministry and Government about signing loan agreements between Vietnamese govern­ment with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to to implement supportthe rural water sup­ply and sanitation programs. Receive the funding fund sources and implement rural water supply and sanitation activities for provinces.

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