The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Construction held a ceremony in Hanoi on July 7 to launch a technical assistance project for establishing Vietnam’s green city master plan, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh said the project will make contributions to Vietnam’s sustainable development through enhancing the Vietnamese Government’s capacity in green urban planning.
It will be carried out over 29 months in Hanoi, Yen Binh district in Thai Nguyen province and Rach Gia city in Kien Giang province, she noted.
Under an agreement signed between KOICA and the construction ministry, the Korean Government will provide non-refundable aid worth about 6.5 million USD (6.955 billion won).
Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh speaks at the launching ceremony of the project.
According to the agreement signed between KOICA and the construction ministry, the two sides will join hands to develop a set of green city indexes and a Green City Planning Decision Support System (GDSS), while recommending a legal framework for green city planning for the country.
The GDSS will be set up in the three pilot localities.
Together with providing green urban planning courses for officials, the project also offer software and relevant equipment in the field. The project includes three main tasks. The Ministry of Construction is responsible for building green urban indicators, developing a decision support system for green urban planning and building the legal frameworks for green urban planning and coordination of project activities.
Provinces of Kien Giang and Thai Nguyen will develop the GDSS and propose plans for green urban planning through the GDSS application.
KOICA Chief Representative in Vietnam Jang Jae Yoon said that currently 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, being a burden on Governments to address environmental issues.
Vietnam is also facing various urban problems like infrastructure shortages and environment degradation, he stressed.
A green growth strategy must be in harmony with economic and environmental development targets, he noted.
KOICA will propose a legal framework for green urban planning and suitable green urban indexes as well as help Vietnam define suitable green urban models, he added.