WB approves Vietnam sanitation project hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The World Bank (WB) has confirmed a package of 239 million USD from the bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and 46 million USD from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to implement the second phase of the Coastal Cities Environmental Sanitation Project, a WB specialist has said.

The second phase will be implemented from 2016-20 in the cities of Dong Hoi (Quang Binh province), Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) and Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa) and Phan Rang-Thap Cham (Ninh Thuan).

Le Duy Hung, WB’s Senior Urban Specialist, said it was essential to learn from the first phase’s experience about selection of wastewater treatment technologies, compensation and resettlement as well as reciprocal capital from the localities.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment has submitted a detailed proposal for the project’s second phase implementation to the Government Office for approval, according to Hung.

The project provided drainage, wastewater collection and treatment plants as well solid waste management facilities in the cities.

The project conducted a comprehensive capacity building programme in those cities.

Under the first phase of the project, the WB’s IDA provided 190 million USD, together with a trust fund from the Japanese government of 4.6 million USD and a Global Environment Fund (GEF) grant of 5 million USD.

By the end of 2014, the project helped reduce the incidence and severity of flooding for 255,000 people.

It also provided solid waste collection for an additional 800,000 people, better access to improved sanitation for more than 800,000 citizens, better school sanitation for 66,500 students and a revolving fund for 8,400 poor families to upgrade their toilets and sanitation connections, according to WB.-VNA