Vi Thanh City needs over US$150 mln to become climate change resilient
Monday, 2017-10-09 15:09:22
NDO/VNA – Vi Thanh city in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang is in need of over US$3.3 billion (US$150 million) 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, ViThanh 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 – SocTrang, Bac Lieu, Tan An, Long Xuyen, and Vinh Long – to build and implement 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 that 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.