Rotterdam & Ho Chi Minh City: Climate Adaptation Partnership
Situated on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is currently facing significant climate change-related challenges, including sea level rise and increased river floods. However, a rapidly growing economy and population has triggered city expansion toward the flood prone areas along the coast. In fact, a third of HCMC is already exposed to flooding, and should the city carry out its 2025 master development plan two-thirds of the city will regularly flood.
Through the Climate Adaptation Partnership, fellow delta city Rotterdam is sharing its best practices with HCMC, and supports the Vietnamese city in the implementation of the same technologies, policies and approaches as it develops its port and expands towards the sea.
The Climate Adaptation Strategy – the cornerstone of the partnership – consists of six Strategic Directions that provide a guide to help “climate proof” the future for HCMC:
- Base development direction on soil and water conditions
- Use a stepwise approach for flood protection
- Increase the water storage and drainage capacity
- Prevent salinization where possible, adapt where necessary
- Create alternatives for groundwater use
- Strengthen the blue-green network and ‘urban ventilation’
By implementing these six directions, and improving the quality of life for the people of HCMC, the city will decrease their vulnerability and increase resilience against the impacts of climate change and severe weather incidents.
The Climate Adaptation Partnership is expected to run through 2015. Rotterdam and HCMC have agreed to concentrate on fulfilling the Climate Adaptation Strategy, particularly by implementing procedures found in the strategy’s principles as well as efforts to increase awareness and capacity of staff on climate change adaptation. One key goal is to enhance the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management.
By implementing the project goals, the city will decrease their vulnerability and increase resilience against the impacts of severe weather incidents.
Over 50% of the world population lives in cities. More than two thirds of the world’s largest cities are vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.
The Crystal Sustainability Series: Le Hoang Quan
Presentation: Rotterdam & Ho Chi Minh City Climate Adaptation Partnership
C40 Cities – Ho Chi Minh Profile
C40 Cities – Rotterdam Profile
City Link for Ho Chi Minh City
C40 Cities – Connecting Delta Cities
C40 Blog – Rotterdam Helps Ho Chi Minh City on Climate Adaptation Strategy
Vietnam Climate Adaptation Partnership