The Vietnamese Ministry of Construction and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) co-hosted a conference in Hanoi on June 22 to update on the implementation of a Korean-funded technical assistance project on planning green cities in Vietnam.
The 6.5 million USD project was planned to be implemented in 29 months in Hanoi, Yen Binh district (Thai Nguyen province) and Rach Gia city (Kien Giang province).
Tran Thu Hang, Head of the Planning - Architecture Department under the Ministry of Construction, said after two years, the project has built a set of green city indexes, a Green City Planning Decision Support System (GDSS), and a legal framework for green city planning.
It has also designed pilot planning options for the Yen Binh urban area and Rach Gia city, she added.
Hang expected that the project will boost city management capacity and develop data on city planning nationwide, which in turn would help cities capitalise on their natural resources, reduce climate change impacts, and increase living standards toward sustainable development.
Lee Dong-youn from the Jeongdo Uit company introduced the GDSS, saying its main functions are to assess local conditions in terms of green city criteria, population, land usage, among others, to forecast demand for land use, and to calculate the amount of greenhouse emissions.
He said it is necessary to continuously adding more data to the system, monitor the green city criteria and indexes, and prepare needed infrastructure.
Luu Duc Minh, Director of the Institute of Environment Planning, Urban and Rural Infrastructure under the Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning (VIUP), said Vietnam should improve its capacity in inputting data to the GDSS, as the country has yet to have data systems at national and provincial levels.