The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently launched in Ho Chi Minh City a water risk report for the country’s textile and garment industry and a tool for assessing water risks in the Mekong region. Both are expected to support the development of garment and textile enterprises in the future.

As Vietnam’s textile and garment industry significantly depends on water and energy for production, it needs to have initiatives to promote its sustainable development, according to WWF Country Director Van Ngoc Thinh.

The document, titled ‘Textile and Garment Sector in Vietnam: Water Risks and Solutions’, features 12 recommendations by WWF to boost links among relevant agencies of the sector while promoting the management and improvement of water resources and sustainable energy use, according to a report.

Some research results imply it is pertinent to raise investment in wastewater treatment and remove hurdles for factories and industrial parks, which do not have enough financial sources for wastewater treatment equipment and technologies.