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WB project improves sanitation in coastal cities

Released at: 15:38, 27/07/2015

WB project improves sanitation in coastal cities

Many facilites built under project to improve people's living standards.

by Doanh Doanh

The World Bank’s development objective in the Coastal Cities Environmental Sanitation Project for Vietnam is to improve environmental sanitation in project cities in a sustainable manner and thereby enhance the quality of life for residents.

According to results announced on July 27, the project provided drainage, wastewater collection, treatment plants, and solid waste management facilities, and conducted a comprehensive capacity building program in the cities of Dong Hoi, Quy Nhon, and Nha Trang in Vietnam’s central and south-central coastal regions.

More than 800,000 residents benefited from improved solid waste management, with about 250,000 becoming safer from reduced flooding, while 66,500 students have better sanitation facilities at schools and 8,452 poor families received funds for upgrading their toilets.

“The project has changed the landscape of Dong Hoi and added more points to its score as a second tier city, which in more specific terms means that 75 per cent of the population and visitors can benefit from sewage and waste water treatment services,” said Mr. Nguyen Huu Hoai, Chairman of the Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee. “Trees have been planted along sewage canals, lighting systems has been erected, and small ports have been upgraded, among other things. This has made Dong Hoi a modern and environmentally-friendly and sustainable city.”

Cau Rao River in Dong Hoi City before and after being rehalibiated in the project. (Photo: World Bank)

The World Bank’s International Development Association provided $190 million to the project, together with a trust fund from the Japanese Government of $4.6 million and a Global Environment Fund (GEF) grant of $5 million.

Photo: World Bank

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