Integrated flood management for Ho Chi Minh City

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NIJMEGEN, Netherlands, Sept. 24, 2010 -- Royal Haskoning and its partners Deltares and DHV have acquired a frontrunner project in a series of Dutch-Vietnamese initiatives to improve flood control in the Mekong Delta. "It is exciting that with this project we are embarking on a long term relationship with Vietnam in the field of integrated water management to the benefit of a city with seven million inhabitants," says Divisional Director of Water, René Noppeney.

This first project aims at reducing flooding in and around Ho Chi Minh City. The approach is truly multidisciplinary. Our technological knowledge will be applied and transferred but institutional aspects, management capabilities and environmental aspects are considered equally important.

The project team will develop partnerships and identify funding sources for the implementation of future projects and strengthen the technical and management capabilities of relevant Vietnamese agencies. The project team will also promote partnerships between Dutch and Vietnamese educational, scientific, water and environmental institutions and between governmental and non governmental organizations in the field of water management. Moreover it will investigate opportunities for collaboration under ongoing programs for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on delta technology, climate change and water management.

The project -- with a contract value of two million Euros -- is funded by both the Dutch and the Vietnamese governments. Royal Haskoning will act as the lead partner of the project's consortium. The contract between Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and the consortium has been signed on 16 September in Ho Chi Minh City.

Royal Haskoning
Founded in 1881 in the Netherlands, Royal Haskoning employs 3,900 staff in 57 offices in 17 different countries. Royal Haskoning is a multidisciplinary firm that operates internationally. Consultants, architects and engineers advise on highly diverse projects in the fields of spatial development, infrastructure and transport, architecture, building, building services, industrial installations, project management, water and water management, environment, coastal and rivers, ports and maritime projects. Public and private sectors throughout the world rely on Royal Haskoning because of its knowledge and experience and its focus on the sustainable interaction between people and their environment. When it comes to sustainability issues, the advice and solutions offered by Royal Haskoning's consultants always extend "beyond sustainability."

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