10/10/2017 08:57 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

City needs over 150 mln USD to become climate change resilient

Hau Giang, October 9 (VNA) – Vi Thanh city in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang is in need of over 3.3 trillion VND (150 million USD) to build infrastructure to enhance its resistance against climate change, said Nguyen Van Hoa, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee. 

Hoa made the statement at a working session with a World Bank (WB) delegation on October 9. 

As the administrative and economic centre of the province, Vi Thanh city has been seriously hit by flooding and saline intrusion as a result of climate change. 

According to Vu Thi Phuong Linh, an WB urban development expert, apart from Vi Thanh, the WB is working with authorities of six other Mekong Delta cities – Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Tan An, Long Xuyen, and Vinh Long – to build and carry out a project on improving the region’s climate-change resilience. 

The project will support these localities in accessing their resilience capacity, providing short-term recommendations and long-term planning for urban development, land use, traffic infrastructure, and water management. 

Nguyen Huynh Duc, Director of the Hau Giang Construction Department, said the province now has 18 urban planning projects, mostly focusing on traffic infrastructure. 

Hau Giang aims to have a total of 20 urban areas by 2030. However, increasing climate change impacts and limited investment are hindering its urban development and livelihood improvement, he said.
VNA/VNP