publication June 7, 2019

Vietnam : Toward a Safe, Clean, and Resilient Water System

In Vietnam, water is a precious national asset – most of Vietnam’s recent remarkable transformation has been driven by the development and use of its seemingly abundant water resources. However, as Vietnam consolidates and continues on its growth path, it is crucial that major water challenges are dealt with early on. Unless decisive steps are taken, water might put a brake on Vietnam’s development.

World Bank Group



Vietnam is confronted by a host of water challenges that risk jeopardizing future growth. Particularly water pollution and environmental damage create high risks. Solving these challenges requires incentives, investments and innovation. Taking decisive action now is therefore essential for Vietnam’s sustainable socioeconomic development, especially as infrastructure and demand management solutions to avert the impending water crisis are at hand and feasible.


"Unless decisive steps are taken, water, which has been a driving force behind Vietnam’s rapid growth, will become a brake on development. Early actions will ensure that water remains a key ingredient for Vietnam’s growing prosperity."
Ousmane Dione
World Bank Country Director for Vietnam


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Vietnam's Positive Development Trajectory Over the Last Two Decades

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In Vietnam, Sound Water Development Approaches Yield Positive Benefits

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Vietnam's Growth and Success Comes with Challenges for Water Resources

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Too Little: Rising Demand and the Need to Increase 'Dong per Drop'

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Too Dirty: Policy Priority is Needed to Reduce the Devastating Levels of Pollution

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Too Much: Managing Water-Related Risks and Building Resilience

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Key Underlying Challenges: Key Causes for Challenges

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Key Underlying Challenges: The Way Forward

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