Can Tho is situated the south of Vietnam, in the trade axis of Long Xuyen quadrangle, Ca Mau peninsula, Dong Thap Muoi and Ho Chi Minh city. The city is situated on the banks of the Hau River and it serves as the political and commercial centre of the Mekong.

The Mekong Delta basin has been considered to be one of the most sensitive areas in the world to climate change (WWF, 2009). Can Tho (the biggest city in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta) is projected to be heavily affected by the annual (fluvial) flood, sea-level rise and enhancement of extreme rainfall due to urban growth-driven, microclimatic change (urban heat islands) (Huong and Pathirana, 2011; Tri et al 2013).

Blue-Green infrastructure (BGI) combines urban hydrological functions (blue infrastructure) with vegetation systems (green infrastructure) in urban landscape design. BGI represents a feasible and valuable solution to enhance the adaptability and resilience of urban areas facing challenges of climate change, as Can Tho.

Developing Blue-Green infrastructure (BGI) in Can Tho would offer a range of benefits such as:

  • Modulating the urban hydroclimatic variability (insulation and cooling of urban landscape)
  • Managing the volume and flows of surface water to reduce flood
  • Increasing urban biodiversity as it provides habitat to flora and fauna and improves landscape connectivity.
  • Improving the physical and mental health of locals and visitors by creating an aesthetically pleasing space for recreating, exercising and developing other social activities
  • Improving air and water quality
  • Potential to provide food and energy production
  • Providing alternative transport routes for walking and cycling to reduce overcrowded roads

Examples of BGI around the world:

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