A workshop to seek measures to promote green growth in port cities in Vietnam was held in the northern port city of Hai Phong on March 27.

The event was jointly organised by the International for Union Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and the municipal People’s Committee.

At the workshop, participants exchanged points of view on the matter, while discussing plans to implement the National Strategy on Green Growth in Vietnam and Hai Phong in the coming time.

Attendees agreed that green growth is an important part of sustainable development as it contributes to reducing pressure on the environment and ensuring decent living conditions for people.

According to Municipal Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Thanh, though Hai Phong’s economic growth has doubled over the last two decades, the city still needs to work hard to solve serious challenges caused by environmental pollution.

He said the city is making every effort to make it become a green and modern city by 2020 by implementing a series of measures, which focus on restructuring and innovating growth models, applying advanced technologies in production, intensifying environmental protection, and pushing closer international cooperation in the field.

IUCN and MFF are working closely with Hai Phong to seek nature-based measures to deal with environmental challenges and climate change facing the city.

Hai Phong, the third largest city in Vietnam, plays an important role in the country’s sea transport network. It is striving to become a green port city by 2020. -VNA