THE GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 171/2003/ND-CP
Hanoi, December 26, 2003
 DECREE
DETAILING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NUMBER OF ARTICLES OF THE ORDINANCE ON DYKES
THE GOVERNMENT
Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;
Pursuant to the May 20, 1998 Law on Water Resources;
Pursuant to the August 24, 2000 Ordinance on Flood and Storm Prevention and Combat;
Pursuant to the August 24, 2000 Ordinance on Dykes;
At the proposal of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
DECREES:
Chapter I

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GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1.- Scope and subjects of application
1. This Decree provides for the activities of management, construction, repair, protection, use, maintenance and salvage of dyke sections already graded.
2. This Decree shall apply to all Vietnamese as well as foreign organizations and individuals engaged in dyke-related activities in Vietnam.
Article 2.- Interpretation of terms
In this Decree, the following terms shall be construed as follows:
1. "River dykes" mean dyke sections along river banks, which prevent flood water and tide water from causing flooding in areas protected by such dyke sections.
2 "Sea dykes" mean dyke sections along coasts or lagoons, which prevent seawater from causing flooding in areas protected by such dyke sections.
3. "Inner dykes" mean dyke sections located in areas protected by river dykes or sea dykes with two ends linking to the outer main dykes and have the reserve effect of preventing river and sea water from causing flooding in the protected areas when the outer dykes are overflowed or broken.
4. "Outbound dykes" mean dyke sections located outside river dykes, which are lower and smaller than the river dykes and have the effect of protecting the economic-residential quarters in the rivers' sandbanks or alluvial plains.

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