HCM City to turn Can Gio into sustainable eco-urban area

Ho Chi Minh City plans to turn Can Gio District into an ecological urban area as part of efforts to urbanise it and improve the quality of life for locals. The PM has approved the 9.3 billion USD Can Gio Sea Encroachment Project, which is expected to help create 25,000 jobs and bring significant revenues for the city.

Environmentalists have, however, warned that the urbanisation of Can Gio should be considered carefully since it is vulnerable to the impacts of rising sea levels, erosion and subsidence. They also point out that the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve is a crucial buffer against coastal erosion and storm-induced coastal flooding, and thus should be spared development.

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