Australia consultant to assess Vietnam hydro sector

Vietnam’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has named an Australian consultant to help conduct a strategic environmental assessment of Vietnam’s hydropower sector.

The International Centre for Environmental Management, based in Brisbane, Australia, received a US$447,000 contract to assess cumulative effects of hydroelectric projects in Vietnam.

The work is being carried out under an Asian Development Bank program to provide technical assistance to help build capacity of Electricity of Vietnam and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. (HNN 3/2/06)

ADB intends the program to support long-term hydropower development in Vietnam that is sustainable, environmentally sound, and sensitive to comprehensive effects and risks. The bank anticipated 12 person-months of international consultants and 13 person-months of domestic consultants would be required.

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