Hoi An authorities held a meeting Tuesday with experts from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to turn the world heritage city into Vietnam’s first ecological city.
Since Hoi An had the world biosphere reserve Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), the experts said, it was the ideal place for converting into an ecological city.
At the meeting delegates discussed development of the city’s infrastructure and environmental services, and measures to mitigate with environmental problems related to climate change.
UNIDO has provided US$700,000 to pilot a Hoi An ecological city project.
Patrick J. Gilabert, UNIDO representative in Vietnam, said the project would not only help address environmental issues and climate change challenges but also create jobs.