YANGON, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio has called for speeding up the country's water management, urging ministries concerned to work together for prevention of flooding and water scarcity.
U Henry Van Thio, also chairman of the National Water Resources Committee, stressed the need at a meeting of the committee on Tuesday to take urgent steps for improvement of environmental conservation, putting the conservation of Inle Lake in Shan state and watershed areas of dams under the spotlight in the present fiscal year of 2017-18, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday.
He also emphasized the need to find ways for fighting pollution of the Ayeyawaddy River.
Myanmar is planning to improve infrastructure and capacity related with water management as part of efforts to get financial assistance under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation program.
As Myanmar will host the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water forum in December, the vice president said the hosting of the event will provide opportunities to learn from international specialists about all round management of water resources.