The southern city of Can Tho has successfully introduced action plans on climate change adaptation in its districts.

At an April 26 meeting to review the city’s response to climate change, Director of the Climate Change Office at the Can Tho City People's Committee Ky Quang Vinh, said that eight salinity measuring stations have been built.

He said a report on connections between changing weather and prevalence of mosquitoes spreading dengue fever was completed. Surveys figuring out dykes requiring upgrades to safely prevent landslides were accomplished, he added.

In 2013, the local authorities effectively collaborated with agencies and organisations both from home and abroad to implement programmes and projects in response to climate change, focusing on increasing the city’s resistance to salinity penetration caused by climate change.

However, the collaboration between local departments, agencies and district-level authorities has not been smooth, leading to slow progress in implementing some projects, the office said.

To this effect, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Dao Anh Dung, emphasised the projects’ importance to local socio-economic development, asking the aforementioned three stakeholders to focus on tackling difficulties and barriers for the projects and quickening their progress.

He also noted the outcomes of the projects will ensure the sustainable development and climate change adaptability of the city./