A view of Han River in central Da Nang city. The city was provided 10 million EUR in soft loans for sustainable developement projects by AFD. (Source: VNA)

Paris (VNA) – Vietnam is among the developing countries that received support from the French Agency for Development (AFD) to deal with climate change.

Alix Francoise from the AFD told French-based RFI reporter on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris.

Vietnam is one of the first countries getting the AFD’s funding for projects to support urban development, modernise the production sector with strong social and environmental impacts and aid actions in response to climate change, Francoise said.

She noted that the AFD has provided central Da Nang and southern Can Tho cities 10 million EUR each in soft loans to implement sustainable development programmes since 2012.

The agency has helped Da Nang city develop an electricity network that could reduce carbon emission, build a wastewater treatment plant at its industrial park, ensure water supply to local residents, modernise production, and relocate households vulnerable to disasters to safer places, she added.

After three years of implementation, AFD-funded projects in the two cities have made good progress, she stated, saying that the French agency will assess outcomes of these projects by 2016 when they finish and compare with the urban development and environment protection goals set from the beginning.

The AFD is also carrying out projects in Ho Chi Minh City , Lao Cai and Nha Trang.-VNA