New regulation of Vietnam on cases of suspension of water resource permits

New regulation of Vietnam on cases of suspension of water resource permits
Trần Thanh Rin

On February 1, 2023, the Government of Vietnam promulgated Decree No.02/2023/ND-CP elaborating on the Law on Water Resources.

According to the Decree, a water resource permit shall have its validity suspended when the holder commits one of the following violations:

(1) Violate regulations in the permit, which causes pollution and/or exhaustion of water resources;

 (2) Perform underground water extraction that causes subsidence, deformation of works, saltwater intrusion, or serious exhaustion or pollution of water resources;

(3) Perform reservoir or dam operation that causes floods or artificial inundation, seriously affecting the production and daily life of people in the upstream and downstream areas of reservoirs and dams;

(4) Transfer the right to utilize water resources without the approval of competent agencies;

(5) Fail to fulfill financial obligations as per regulation;

(6) Use the permit for illegal activities.

Compared to Decree No. 201/2013/ND-CP, Decree No. 02/2023/ND-CP has added cases (2) and (3).

Decree No.02/2023/ND-CP, comes into force as of March 20, 2023 and annuls Decree No. 201/2013/ND-CP.


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