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ADB provides infrastructure and climate change loans

Released at: 14:38, 02/11/2017

ADB provides infrastructure and climate change loans

Dam Vac lake in Vinh Yen (Vinh Phuc province). Photo from vinhphuc.tourism.vn

$170 million in loans to help Vietnam upgrade urban infrastructure and address climate change.

by Linh San

The Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Board of Directors has approved $170 million in loans to help Vietnam upgrade urban infrastructure and address climate change, benefitting about 116,000 households in Hue, Vinh Yen, and Ha Giang.

“Urbanization has had a positive impact on Vietnam’s growth,” said Satoshi Ishii, a Principal Urban Development Specialist at ADB. “But many cities, even as they continue to be the center of economic activities, lack key urban infrastructure services and remain vulnerable to climate change, particularly flooding. We look forward to working with the provincial people’s committees of Thua Thien Hue, Vinh Phuc, and Ha Giang - the administrative authorities of the provincial capitals of Vinh Yen and Ha Giang - to make sure the cities are green and climate-resilient, while enhancing their economic competitiveness.”

More than 30 million people live in urban centers in Vietnam, but the impact of urbanization is uneven across the country. Unlike the capital Hanoi and other highly developed urban centers, secondary cities - with populations between 50,000 and 300,000 - such as Hue in central Vietnam and Vinh Yen and Ha Giang in the northern region are lagging behind. For instance, less than 60 per cent of households in secondary cities have access to clean water and only 10 per cent of wastewater is treated properly.

The Secondary Green Cities Development Project will help make these urban centers become more livable, environmentally-friendly, and climate-resilient. In Vinh Yen, the project will construct a new wastewater treatment system, upgrade 66.1 km of drainage control, dredge the Dam Vac Lake, and develop 44.5 ha of new public green space. In Hue, the project will upgrade 21.9 km of drainage pipelines, rehabilitate 15.9 km of road surface and drainage, and develop 17.2 ha of green space, among others. In Ha Giang, the project will upgrade about 7 km of urban drainage, protect 5.6 km of river embankments, and enhance the road urban network through a 6.2 km road and a 150-meter bridge to divert increasing traffic flows.   

Apart from the loans, ADB will also administer a total of $14.1 million in technical assistance, with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and $6 million in grant investment from the Global Environment Facility and the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund. The technical assistance will mainstream a green and resilient city development approach across government agencies through policy advice and capacity building, and replicate the approach in other cities in Vietnam.

 

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