Bangkok – Thailand and Hungary have established a cooperation to adopt the Danube River’s water management strategy for the Mekong River.
Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya revealed he has visited Hungary and discussed the water management cooperation with the Hungarian government, which has agreed to develop five joint projects, including international river management on the Danube and Mekong river basins, the management of sediments in rivers, flooding, drought, and wastewater management, groundwater capacity building, and irrigational development.
Thailand’s Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) will liaise with Hungarian authorities to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding between both countries.
The cooperation between Thailand and Hungary corresponds to the national water management master plan on the restoration and conservation of water resources, and the management of international water basins.
Hungary is considered one of the most well-known eastern European countries for water conservation, renewable energy from waste water, water engineering, and international river management. Both countries have also discussed investment opportunities, the deputy premier said.
ONWR Secretary General Somkiat Prajamwong said Thailand may adopt operations from Hungary in the international river management, adding that Thailand is invited to participate in a Budapest Water Summit on 15-17 October, which is a high-level meeting on water crisis prevention where advanced water management technology will be exhibited.