An international workshop initiated by the World Bank to help developing countries plan sustainable urban systems will be launched this Monday in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the bank's press release.
The three-day event will give Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Laos chances to learn about the bank's Eco2 initiative which helps them plan, design, invest in and manage entire, integrated urban systems with multi-purpose and long-term solutions, it said.
It will also help each of the countries initiate a collaborative learning and action program on Eco2, and launch an online platform to enable knowledge to be shared locally and internationally, according to the statement.
A field trip to HCMC-based Nhieu Loc Canal to study the city's waterfront re-development will be included in the event as well.
The first of its kind in the East Asia Region, the Eco2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities workshop will be attended by some 40 high-ranking decision makers from the participating countries together with world experts in the field of urban development, the press release said.