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MARD–JWA Twinning Program
shared Good IWRM Practices in JAPAN

by Ma.Nguyen Van Hung – Department of Water Resources, MARD, Viet Nam


First of all, we would like to thank JWA very much.

We are exceptionally lucky to have been selected by Viet Nam Water Resource Department for this MARD–JWA twinning program which was held in Japan from 10–26 November 2009. The main objectives of this program are to share information and experience on good practices in water resources management between two countries; to develop the best IWRM practice in river basins; and to strengthen the relationship between NARBO Viet Nam and JWA.

For this year’s twinning program, three water professionals from Viet Nam participated,
namely (ⅰ)Mr.N.V.Hung; (ⅱ)Mr. N.H.Nam; and (ⅲ)Mr. N.V.Hai.

During the time we stayed in Japan, we had four reports to introduce about Viet Nam, and listened to more than 15 subjects from JWA staff about the following: Dams, canals, river systems, water rights, irrigation, from construction works to management and operation. We also visited Takizawa dam, Urayama dam in the Ara river system; Agigawa dam, Aichi canal, Toyokawa canal, farmer fields, and Research Center. In every site, we had very informative discussions.

We are really impressed by the hydraulic structures and operations in Japan which are modern, large-scale, beautifully designed with the auxiliary sub–systems for exploiting and operating, and works perfectly; especially by the information communication systems from dams to JWA Head Office.

JWA is the focal agency managing the entire water supply and hydraulic construction systems in Japan, and functions as a coordinator between ministries and water users. Thus, it avoids overlapping in the management of water resources and consensus between different involved ministries in the country.

Although we did not have much time in Japan, thanks to JWA’S enthusiasm, we received a lot of information on hydraulic construction systems that JWA manages by reports and field visits. With the close friendship and warm hospitality of JWA, we had productive seminars and exchange of information and experiences in the effective and safe management exploitation and operation of water system in Japan.

Finally, we are grateful to all JWA and NARBO staff members, who helped and provided assistance to make this program a successful and useful one. Words are limited to express our deep appreciation.


Courtesy cal at JWA Head quarters office
Visiting Takizawa Dam
Visiting Pineline construction
Visiting Takizawa Dam
Presentation of VN Courtry report
Visiting Farming field