Tomotaka Higuchi, JWA
12 delegates from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and MARD-related organizations in Viet Nam visited Japan Water Agency (JWA) from 14 to 21 September 2012 to take part in Twining Program, which has been conducted between Viet Nam NARBO and JWA since April 2008 for the purpose of enhancing the capacity of water resources management.
They studied how JWA has implemented water management by visiting Tone-river basin, which is the largest river basin in Japan.
At first, they saw downstream of Tone river, then went upstream, and finally visited midstream. They observed whole Tone river basin directly.
The schedule was quite busy. Despite a long trip, delegates took a serious look at Japanese water-related facilities, asked JWA staff sharp questions to grasp how Japan has developed and managed water resource facilities. Besides, they seemed to have enjoyed Japanese food and culture.
On the last day, they made a courtesy call to JWA headquarters. It was a good opportunity for both organizations to deepen the relationship and exchange knowledge and experience between Vietnam and Japan.