Ho Chi Minh City is focusing all resources on building plans for climate change response and water management, with a target of producing 2.3 million cu.m of clean water per day by the end of 2015.

This was announced by HCM City People’s Committee at a seminar on water management and socio-economic development planning, in the city on March 31 as part of a four-day Vietnam visit by Crown Prince of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Dutch businesses.

According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Trung Tin, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the 10 cities in the world at risk of being hardest hit by climate change and rising sea level, with manifestations such as urban flooding, degraded water quality and increased salinity.

Meanwhile, the city is yet to develop specific, long-term and sustainable plans in response to climate change, he said.

Therefore, HCM City wants to learn from the valuable experiences of the Netherlands , in water management and adaptability to climate change and rising sea level, to apply them in its development process, Tin stressed.

Speaking at the seminar, Joop Atsma, Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment, emphasised the need to address flooding and improve water resources for HCM City .

The Netherlands , with its experiences, will share professional knowledge and provide technical assistance for the city’s water management solutions in the future, he said./.