IWRM Vietnam

A very dynamic economy in the developing and threshold countries of Asia imposes a strong pressure to implement IWRM within a very short time period. The introduction of an orderly IWRM and the prompt step-by-step reduction of impediments are an urgent task for those countries in order to implement a systematic water resources management. International guidelines highlight the aspect of IWRM as a process and furthermore the task of initiating the process. Suitable approaches and instruments have to be developed in order to cope with both tasks.

The aim of the joint research project “IWRM Vietnam” was the development of an IWRM concept that renders possible the integrated examination and analysis of the situation of the water management framework (water resources, water demand, water and land use) on river basin level and to derive action proposals for IWRM measures.

Important Results
The joint research project developed a planning level concept and Planning and Decision Support Tools for IWRM in Vietnam, in close cooperation with Vietnamese partners (MONRE-DWRM, provincial authorities) and considering Vietnamese legal requirements:
– International level: International scientific discussions, exchange of international experiences, guidelines for IWRM (e.g. Global Water Partnership);
– National level: Identification of river basins with higher problem intensities and higher priority for IWRM measures by the Vietnamese government, legislation, technical and water quality standards, implementation of river basin organizations (RBOs) etc.;
– River basin level: Identification of Water Management Units (WMUs) with higher problem intensities (hot spots) and higher priority for IWRM measures;
– Water Management Unit (WMU) level: Identification of locations for IWRM measures through spatially and scientifically detailed investigations;
– Local level: Object planning and implementation of IWRM measures at identified locations.

Integrated Water Resources Management


09/2006 - 08/2011

Project area(s)

Nam Định, Lâm Đồng, Cần Thơ, Hà Giang, Đồng Nai

Coordination (GER)

Prof. Dr. Harro Stolpe
University of Bochum
EE+E Institute of Environmental Engineering and Ecology Faculty of Civil Engineering
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
+49 (0)234 3227995

Project partner (GER)

  • University of Bochum, Environmental Engineering and Environment (eE+E)
  • Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Institute for Geography and Geology (IGG)
  • Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, Institute for Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES)
  • Dr. Pecher AG, Erkrath
  • Drishaus & Epping Consulting GmbH, EDE Emden
  • Fraunhofer-Institute, Oberhausen, Institute of Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (Fraunhofer UMSICHT)
  • Gewitra GmbH, Bonn
  • IAKS GmbH (IAKS), Sonthofen
  • IEEM gGmbH – Institute of Environmental Engineering and Management at the Witten/Herdecke University
  • Institute for Water Research GmbH (IfW), Dortmund
  • International Bureau of BMBF at DLR (IB), Bonn
  • Moskito GIS GmbH, Dortmund
  • Ribeka Software GmbH, Bornheim

Project partner (VN)

  • Department of Water Resources Management
  • Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (SIWRR)
  • Center of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (CERWASS)
  • Western Highlands Hydraulic Engineering Consultant Construction Co. Ltd. (WHECC)
  • Can Tho University (CTU), College of Technology, Department of Environmental Technology
  • Departments of Natural Resources Environment (DONREs of Provinces Can Tho, Vinh Long, An Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Lâm Đồng)
  • SoHa State Farm
  • People’s Committee Nam Dinh Province
  • Department of Science and Technology of Nam Dinh
  • Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST): Institute of Geology, Institute of Biotechnology