HCMC searches for comprehensive measures against climate change
15:07 | 28/07/2009
VGP - Hồ Chí Minh City’s (HCMC) Department of Natural Resources and Environment is designing an action plan to cope with impacts of the global climate change.

Climate change will worsen the inundation in Hồ Chí Minh City. - Photo: SGGP

The Department will assess impacts of the climate change and sea level rise in the city, classify and collect wastes in urban areas, and fine-tune the city’s residents on the dangers of the climate change.

The Department of Transportation and Public Works will draft programs on economical public illumination, expansion of public means of transport, reduction of water losses, and improvement of sewage system.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will be in charge of expanding forest areas and upgrading flood control systems.

The Department of Industry and Trade will be responsible for enhancing the use of electric power rather than fossil fuels in production and daily lives.

The Department of Science and Technology is assigned to adopt new materials which are environmentally friendly, and apply renewable solar, tide and wind energies.

The Department of Planning and Architecture Service will map out proper architectural planning in urban areas, with more ecological and green spaces.

Developing green or energy-saving buildings will be encouraged by the Department of Construction.

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will raise awareness of climate change, sense of energy saving, and environmentally friendly habits in the community.

According to a study made by International Centre for Environment Management (ICEM) on the impacts of the global climate change, if the temperature is higher, and the sea level is rising over ten centimeters in 2050, some areas of Hồ Chí Minh city, including District 9 and Cần Giờ District, will be permanently submerged.

By Kim Anh

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