Mainstreaming Low Emission Development into Urban Policies in Can Tho City


An intensive, three-day training was held in Can Tho city in Viet Nam during 22-24 May 2018. The capacity-building workshop was specifically designed as ´training for trainers´, and tailored for local officials who will then incorporate knowledge concerning local climate action into their respective governing agencies and institutions. The event organized by UN Habitat as part of the V-LED project.

The workshop had three specific objectives: (i) to provide local officials with up-to-date information regarding low-emission development, green growth, and climate change adaptation; (ii) to build capacity for mainstreaming low-emission development into urban planning and development strategies, and (iii) to encourage dialogue and cooperation between local governing officials by sharing cross-sectoral innovative solutions for reducing emissions and following green growth strategies.

About 30 local officials from Can Tho participated, including district representatives, employees from the respective Departments of Construction, Planning and Investment, Natural Resources and Environment, and Culture, Sport and Tourism. Additionally university representatives and members of local civil society participated.

Local and international experts gave lectures and led interactive exercises that leveraged existing skills and experience and introduced new knowledge concerning how governments can grow local economies using low-carbon development strategies and while adapting to climate change effects. The trainings are informed by a ´mainstreaming climate change toolkit´ currently in development by UN Habitat.