Workshop spotlights green infrastructure in Can Tho

Authorities of Can Tho and the World Bank held a training workshop on green infrastructure in the Mekong Delta city on October 12.

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Ignacio Ortinez from the Thailand Environment Institute detailed an example of covering concrete walls in Thailand with various plants.

He suggested Can Tho build more parks in urban areas, which can serve as entertainment zones in the summer and reduce flood risks during the rainy season. 

Nguyen Nguyen Minh, a research at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, said green infrastructure means a network that connects green space with the infrastructure system to function as a natural ecosystem.

He noted alongside planting trees on the surface, attention should also be paid to underground drainage systems.

Marcel Marchand from Deltares, an institute researching the field of water and subsurface, recommended several popular green infrastructure models worldwide, including rainwater harvesting systems using underground tanks and swamp-like public flower gardens.

He also stressed that careful research is needed to select suitable models.

Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thi Hong Anh said the city will study all recommendations collected at the workshop and soon turn them into practical plans.

Can Tho has implemented various projects to adapt to climate change, particularly in flood prevention. Green infrastructure solutions are important, as the city is going to build a 54-hectare new residential area in Ninh Kieu district’s An Binh ward.
VNA

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