City of Lakes and Rivers

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
18 January 2010

Municipal authorities in Ha Noi are taking steps to protect and improve their remaining city lakes.

Ha Noi

The city of Ha Noi was formed on the Hong River Delta, yet Ha Noi’s lakes have been considerably reduced in both quantitative and aerial terms. From 1950 to 2000, Ha Noi city lost 70 per cent of its lakes. And in just 11 years, between 1994 and 2005, the total area of its lakes dropped 25 per cent.

The disappearance of Ha Noi’s lakes can be largely attributed to urban development. Lakes were filled in to create land for new buildings. Others were illegally transgressed and many others deteriorated due to an influx of untreated water. The loss of these lakes has led to flooding, water pollution and the fast deterioration of once-abundant biological diversity.

Recent awareness of the importance of the city’s green treasures has prompted the municipality to take the required steps to improve the quality of about 60 lakes in nine old inner districts.

Source: Vietnam News

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