City Interventions

Climate Resilience and Urban Development Project

Country: Vietnam
City: Bac Kan, Phu Ly (Ha Nam)

Key Stakeholders and PartnersPeople’s Committee of the Provinces of Bac Kan and Ha Nam; Ministry of Planning and Investment; Agence Française de Développement

Project Preparation Study PeriodDecember 2019 – 2022

CDIA SupportUS$ 900,000

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 53 million (AFD loan)

Infrastructure sectorsFlood/Drainage Management

Key City Development Issues

Urbanization has been one of the main drivers of economic growth in Vietnam since the 1990s although, to date, secondary cities located in mountainous areas such as Bac Kan, or in deltas such as Phu Ly, have yet to fully develop their potential. In parallel, Vietnam is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and, as yet, insufficient protective measures have been taken, particularly in the smaller cities. In order to meet both economic development and climate adaptation objectives, the Government of Vietnam wishes to improve and upgrade infrastructure and urban services in such secondary cities.

Details of Cooperation

The primary objective of the CDIA-financed Project Preparation Study (PPS) is to assist Bac Kan and Ha Nam provinces to formulate and prepare a sustainable and integrated infrastructure investment project to feasibility/preliminary engineering design stage in readiness for downstream AFD financing, in line with the vision and objectives of the Government of Vietnam. The specific sectoral focus of the CDIA technical assistance will be climate change impact and vulnerability, integrated capacity development, river embankments, connectivity with the river and urban drainage and flood management.

Expected Development Outcomes

The PPS will prepare a project to improve the resilience and livability of Bac Kan and Phu Ly cities. In particular, the PPS will support the promotion of good quality urban development that is respectful of the environment in order to reduce the cities’ vulnerability and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion of integrated water resource management to anticipate the risks of flooding, drought, and erosion. Furthermore, the urban development component of the project in Bac Kan will increase the city’s resilience to future pandemics through improved sanitation and city design.

Download: Final Report: Bac Kan   

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Key City informationLand Area: n/a
Population: 190,000 (2018)
City website: n/a

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