100 Resilient Cities

Can Tho

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Living in a low-lying area, for hundreds of years, people in Can Tho in particular and in the Cửu Long River Delta have been subjected to the impacts of flooding and inundation.

Living conditions and livelihoods in the Delta were historically well adapted to the regular pattern of seasonal flooding, which residents and local governments describe as a “living-with-floods” strategy. However, during the past few years, flooding has become less predictable and more damaging due to a multitude of factors such as climate change, land subsidence and urban development. This creates many challenges for the living-with-floods strategy. In addition, the city has been facing many other challenges such as extreme heat waves, infectious disease epidemics, environmental pollution, water resource depletion, and economic recessions.

These challenges also have grown in severity and unpredictability, and are often characterized by inter-disciplinary, inter-regional and even global linkages. The city needs new systemic and integrated directions and solutions that are robust enough for the local, regional and global challenges. In this context, the concept of resilience is considered a useful way to support the city in addressing these issues.

01 Leadership and Strategy Policies and plans developed and implemented in a systematic, integrated manner, with active participation of all relevant stakeholders

02 Infrastructure and Environment A green and sustainable river city with an infrastructure system that is well-connected, modern, flexible, diverse, resilient to extreme natural hazards

03 Economy and Society A knowledge economy that is proactive, diverse, and deeply integrated, while remaining steady when facing regional and global economic fluctuations

04 Health and Well-being Communities have secure and stable income, and live in a green and clean environment, safe from the impacts of economic, social, and environmental shocks and stresses

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Policies and plans developed and implemented in a systematic, integrated manner, with active participation of all relevant stakeholders

Plan and Policy Development

  1. Build capacity for city departments to undertake integrated and systemic planning, consistent
    with the new Planning Law.Timeframe: 2020 – 2025
  2. Review and analyze key plans and policies of the city and make recommendations to ensure they are consistent, systemic and integrated.Timeframe: 2020 – 2025

Plan and Policy Implementation

  1. Improve the effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the implementation of city
    plans.Timeframe: 2022 – 2025
  2. Enhance the capacity for coordinating and monitoring the implementation of Can Tho City Resilience Strategy.
    Timeframe: 2019 – 2021

Coordination and Stakeholder Participation

  1. Establish a flood management office and develop an integrated flood coordination and
    management mechanism for Can Tho City.Timeframe: 2019 – 2021
  2. Engage communities in actions to build resilience in Can Tho City.Timeframe: 2019 – 2025
  3. Engage with and raise awareness of resilience and sustainable development among high
    school students in Can Tho City.Timeframe: 2020 – 2025
Photo: Ngô Thanh © ISET-International, 2016

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A green and sustainable river city with an infrastructure system that is well-connected, modern, flexible, diverse, resilient to extreme natural hazards

Protect Natural Green and Blue Spaces

  1. Survey, identify and recover encroached and infilled channels and canals. Strengthen the monitoring and surveillance of any encroachment, infill and waste disposal in channels and canals with community participation. Timeframe: 2020 – 2022
  2. Conduct research to propose revision and addition to regulations to protect green and blue areas and mechanisms to implement these measures. Timeframe: 2020 – 2025

Build Resilience with Green Infrastructure Measures

  1. Assess the benefits of green infrastructure measures in Can Tho City.Timeframe: 2019-2021
  2. Pilot green infrastructure approach and measures to design and build a public park along Ngỗng Channel, Thới Nhựt resettlement area in An Khánh Ward (pilot project).Timeframe: 2019-2021
  3. Pilot rain water harvesting and increase permeable surface at An Khánh Secondary School (pilot project).Timeframe: 2019-2021
  4. Develop guideline documents and tools to support the application of green infrastructure measures in Can Tho City.Timeframe: 2021-2023
  5. Develop a master green infrastructure plan for core urban districts of Can Tho City (Ninh Kiều, Bình Thủy, Cái Răng).Timeframe: 2023-2025

Water Security, Water and Energy Supply

  1. Towards Climate Resilient Water Supply in the Southwestern Mekong Delta.Timeframe: 2017-2021
  2. Assess potential changes in water resources quality and availability in Can Tho in the future (until 2030 and 2040), causes of these changes and their impacts on the city.Timeframe: 2023-2025
  3. Conduct research on solar energy development strategy and plans, and mechanisms to attract investment for solar energy development.Timeframe: 2022-2024

Urban Infrastructure System Planning and Design

  1. Conduct a study to improve the public transport system of Can Tho City.Timeframe: 2019-2021
  2. Assess land subsidence in Can Tho and develop a land subsidence monitoring system.Timeframe: 2020-2023
  3. Develop well-connected and consistent GIS database on key urban infrastructure, and information management and user interface system to support the planning and management of urban infrastructure.Timeframe: 2018-2025
  4. Integrate the resilience approach into urban infrastructure design and development plans. Pilot applications for flood management plans and the design of flood protection infrastructure of the city.Timeframe: 2020-2030
Photo: © Huy Nguyễn

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A knowledge economy that is proactive, diverse, and deeply integrated, while remaining steady when facing regional and global economic fluctuations

Strengthen Stakeholder Linkages

  1. Improve linkages among baccaurea growers and develop baccaurea orchards for tourism activities to build the resilience of baccaurea growers in Phong Điền district (pilot project).Timeframe: 2020 – 2021
  2. Revise and consolidate the coordination mechanism among related departments to support sustainable agriculture value chains. Implement a pilot project on the coordination mechanism of catfish value chain.Timeframe: 2020 – 2022
  3. Improve the effectiveness and scale up the platform for regular dialogues between enterprises, investors, and scientists with city leadership and related department leaders.Timeframe: 2020 – 2030

Strengthen Competitiveness and Market Access

  1. Integrate the resilience approach into the proposed project on strengthening the competitiveness of Cần Thơ’s agriculture sector.Timeframe: 2021-2027
  2. Integrate the resilience approach into the implementation of the One Commune One Product (OCOP) project period 2018-2020 with vision to 2030.Timeframe: 2018-2030
  3. Study the feasibility of an insurance mechanism for agriculture production.Timeframe: 2023-2025
  4. Enhance the resilience of Can Tho City’s catfish value chain through improving the quality of linkages between key actors and applying technology to control catfish quality (pilot project).Timeframe: 2019-2021
  5. Conduct a study on diversifying processed baccaurea products and improving post-harvest processing to expand the market.Timeframe: 2020-2025
  6. Develop supporting mechanisms and policies to incentivize enterprises focusing on clean agriculture products that also support livelihoods of the poor.Timeframe: 2020-2025

Improve Planning and Implementation

  1. Strengthen the capacity to assess market demand and supply of agricultural products to inform agriculture production planning.Timeframe: 2020-2025
  2. Integrate resilience concepts into the implementation of the proposed project on restructuring the agriculture sector for added value and sustainable development until 2020 with vision to 2030.Timeframe: 2017-2030
  3. Strengthen the capacity of city departments for economic projection, integrated and systemic socio-economic development planning.Timeframe: 2020-2025
Photo: Lê Thị Nguyệt Linh © Cần Thơ Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism

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Communities have secure and stable income, and live in a green and clean environment, safe from the impacts of economic, social, and environmental shocks and stresses

Vocational and Job Training

  1. Provide training in domestic service for disadvantaged women as a livelihood improvement opportunity (pilot project).Timeframe: 2020 – 2021
  2. Integrate the resilience approach into refining policies and programs related to job support and vocational training.Timeframe: 2020 – 2025
  3. Develop and implement a collaborative mechanism and support programs on vocational training and employment for resettled households.
    Timeframe: 2020 – 2025

Employment, Production and Housing Options for Disadvantaged Groups

  1. Improve and replicate production systems for mud-free eel raising to diversify income sources for disadvantaged households in rural and peri-urban areas (pilot project).
    Timeframe: 2020 – 2021
  2. Integrate the resilience approach into policies and programs for livelihood improvement and new agriculture production models for disadvantaged groups in rural areas.
    Timeframe: 2020 – 2025
  3. Adjust housing support policies and programs to strengthen the resilience of poor and vulnerable households.
    Timeframe: 2022 – 2025

Evidence-based Policy

  1. Conduct research to assess the conditions, characteristics and resilience of migrant groups in the core urban area of Can Tho City and propose support measures.Timeframe: 2020 – 2022
  2. 4.8 Develop a comprehensive database and information management system on disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.Timeframe: 2019 – 2021
  3. 4.9 Assess employment trends and forecast labor demand in Can Tho until 2030.Timeframe: 2022 – 2025
Photo: © Văn Phòng CCCO Cần Thơ

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