Domestic and foreign experts discussed ways to increase the effectiveness of resource use and management at a regional workshop hosted by the central city of Da Nang on June 25-26.

The event is part of the ongoing Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: Urban Nexus project implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Participants reviewed the progress of realising urban nexus initiatives in participating cities and the sharing of experience in the field. They also mentioned the importance of State management to the urban nexus and discussed next steps of the project.

Participating in the project, Da Nang has been assisted by GIZ experts in improving the capacity of treating wastewater and managing urban agriculture.

The city’s representatives voiced hope that Asian cities will further enhance advanced technology transfer and sharing of management experiment to heighten the efficiency of managing and using resources towards a sustainable Asia.

Many said the Pacific-Asia region faces rapid urbanisation which causes serious impact on the resources, especially water, energy and food.

The majority of regional cities are managing separately their sectors, which makes them unable to optimise collaboration.

Ten cities in six Asian countries, including China, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, benefit from the project which will be implemented until December 2015.-VNA