Fact Sheet: Collective Action for Water Conservation

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Water pollution is currently one of the greatest environmental challenges for Vietnam. More than half of the respondents in the 2018 Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index  reported that water quality had deteriorated over the previous three years. Water pollution damages the health and livelihoods of millions of people, negatively affects tourism and fisheries, and destroys surface and coastal water ecosystems. Collective Action for Water Conservation aims to raise public awareness and support data collection to reduce water pollution and advocate for better local water conservation practices by building a strong community consisting of NGOs, businesses, research institutions, associations, and individuals to form the Vietnam Water Conservation Network (VIWACON).

PARTNERSHIPS TO MOBILIZE LOCAL RESOURCES

By establishing VIWACON to partner with local and national governmental institutions, businesses, and civil society, this activity will initiate innovative solutions at the community, provincial and national levels to reduce water pollution and conserve clean surface water through enhanced dialogue and information exchanges. VIWACON also manages the “Blue Water Fund” project that provides small grants and technical assistance to eligible organizations, local businesses, and women groups to implement innovative, scalable water resource management and conservation in Hanoi city and Danang city.

DEVELOP CITIZEN SCIENCE DATABASES AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Through collaboration with the general public, VIWACON will develop data sets on water quality and health to support decision making, as well as monitor and report on water pollution and associated health issues. VIWACON also supports innovative public information campaigns and education programs to increase awareness and understanding of water issues and promote action for water conservation. 

EXPECTED RESULTS

Through this project, VIWACON will grow to include at least 20 core members, implement at least 25 collective action initiatives on water conservation, and promote public awareness campaigns to reach over 23,000 citizens for increased understanding on water pollution and its impact on health. Further results include the development and implementation of at least three government action plans for water conservation at both provincial and district levels. VIWACON aims to become financially sustainable through private sector engagement.

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Friday, April 23, 2021 - 8:45pm

Last updated: May 04, 2021