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MEASURING PROGRESS IN THE SECURITY OF DAMS IN VIETNAM

VIETNAM


Consultancy Service for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rehabilitation Project and improvement of the security of the dams of Vietnam


Located in Southeast Asia and with more than 3,260 kilometers of coastline, Vietnam is one of the countries that is most prone to suffer natural disasters in the region, being affected by an average of ten typhoons a year. These typhoons bring along strong floods that affect the whole country and whose impact tends to be greater in rural areas, the most vulnerable, preventing their socio-economic development and slowing down the growth of a country in which 45% of the population works in the agro sector.

The damage caused by these extreme events has been hampered in recent years by climate change. In fact, Vietnam is one of the countries in which the impact of climate change is greater. This has been reflected in the increase and unpredictability in size, frequency and intensity of the mentioned typhoons.


The vulnerability of Vietnam to extreme events and especially to floods, is also accompanied by the lack of global programs in the management of water resources and by the tumble down network of hydraulic infrastructures, especially dams and small reservoirs.

In this context, the Vietnamese government, launched in 2003 the "Dam Safety Program", an initiative aimed at reducing the negative impacts of floods downstream of the oldest dams in the country (40 to 60 years), most of them in poor condition. This program, funded with more than 400 million USD by the World Bank through the "Dam Rehabilitation and Safety Improvement Project (DRaSIP)", aims at rehabilitating and improving the management of 450 priority dams, with the dual purpose of protecting both lives located in the area of influence of these dams as well as safeguarding the economic activities that develop downstream of them. Ultimately, this will contribute to the overall improvement of the quality of life of millions of people and promoting their socioeconomic development.

Within the framework of the project, which has been ongoing for several years, the World Bank has recently launched a specific project to carry out a system for evaluating and monitoring the progress and results of this program (International Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant). Its objective is to establish a series of easily measurable key indicators that allow to objectively delimit the progress of the program. The system will improve the management of dams and will allow the lessons learned to be learned and applied in the future.

INCLAM, thanks to its experience in the Asian region and Joint Venture with AMDI and APAVE, its trusted partners in the country, has been the awarded bidder for this project by the World Bank and the government of Vietnam through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, final implementing agency of the project. The contract, with a duration of four years, is endowed with an amount of 1,324,722.61 USD. This new project consolidates Inclam as one of the leading Spanish companies in the region and crowns the good results of the Group's strategy in its commitment to development in the Southeast Asian market, where the company has permanent offices in the Philippines. In this country, Inclam has also achieved remarkable success in 2018 with the signing of the contract, worth 31.3 million USD, in order to plan, among other measures, the necessary flood control infrastructures in several basins priority hydrographic projects, which will be carried out in consortium with the companies Egis and KECC.

 

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