15 April 2020
VAWR Study on Localizing SDGs in Vietnam: Opportunities and Barriers
PolyUrbanWaters partner VAWR has arrived at main findings from its study on the localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Vietnam in the context of a polycentric approach to urban water management.
In Vietnam, the localization of SDGs with regard to a clean water supply for urban areas is quite successful. But there are major obstacles to establishing effective wastewater collection and treatment schemes. Unlike water supply schemes that may be financed by existing water tariffs and therefore are favorable to investments from public private partnerships, reliable financing structures for wastewater management still have to be developed on the local level.
Concepts such as water-sensitive cities may interlink the SDGs with their multidimensionality and help to localize other key international commitments such as the Paris agreement on climate change. But implementation will highly depend on financing schemes that attract investments from the private sector not only in wastewater management but in overall urban development.
Nevertheless, there is in Vietnam an ongoing discussion and decision-making process on how the overall institutional setup should be shaped to ensure high-quality delivery of water-related public services, and what role the public and private sector should play.