Vietnam-Japan seminar "Science, technology on dam safety, lessons learned and application in Viet Nam”

On the morning of February 22, 2022, the Vietnam-Japan seminar "Science, technology on dam safety, lessons learned and application in Viet Nam" was co-organized by Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), Vietnam National Committee on Large Dams and Water Resources Development (VNCOLD), Thuyloi University(TLU) and some Japanese partners such as Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan Water Agency(JWA), The Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (JPower), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

There were more than 120 delegates participating in the seminar from some units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, provincial agriculture and rural development departments, hydropower companies and research institutions in Vietnam and Japan.

Photo of some delegations in Zoom meeting

The program included 5 reports which were presented by Vietnamese and Japanese speakers  as follows:

1. Dam safety management framework in Vietnam, achievements and problems, presented by Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dung, Secretary General of VNCOLD;

2. Integrated disaster management in the Ca river basin from the perspective of dam safety, presented by TLU’s Vietnam - New Zealand Dam Safety Project team;

3. The framework of dam inspection activities in Japan, presented by Mr. Nakasima  from MLIT;

4. Dam safety inspection and assessment and warning before releasing water from spillway in Japan, presented by Mr. Sasaki Kazumi from JWA;

5. Method of managing and maintaining concrete structures of power plants, presented by Mr. Orukawa from JPower.

After listening all the reports, the delegates had lively and effective discussions. Many experiences and technologies presented by the experts were attracted local delegates and they looked forward to apply these in practice. Co-chairs of the seminar, Mr. Hoang Van Thang, Chairman of VNCOLD and Mr. Furuichi Hidenori, representative of MLIT concluded that the two sides would actively cooperate in the field of dam safety and disaster management to reduce the loss of life and property caused by dam failures.