KHANH HOA (VNS)— The highly positive outcomes of an eight-year environmental sanitation project in coastal cities were outlined at a conference in Nha Trang City in the central province of Khanh Hoa, yesterday.
The project, backed by a US$249 million loan from the World Bank, led to the upgrading of canals and lakes, a cleaner coastline and tidier streets, fewer floods and reduced water pollution.
According to Le Duy Hung, the World Bank representative in Viet Nam, steady achievements have been made since it was launched in December 2006.
Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said there was a need to continue the programme.
Officials from cities in the central region, including Nha Trang, Dong Hoi City (Quang Binh Province) and Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh Province), proposed extra funding of $119 million from the bank to improve sewage systems, wastewater processing facilities and landfills.
Environmental measures implemented include the control of flooding, collection of wastewater, managing solid waste, the construction of wastewater treatment plants. building water and sanitation facilities at schools, and providing technical assistance during project implementation. — VNS