Hong Kong-based Oceanix is seeking to partner with governments in order to build floating cities that will combat climate change.

Marc Collins Chen, chief executive officer of Oceanix told Xinhua in Nairobi that over 90 percent of mega cities are in coastal areas, which makes them susceptible to rising sea water levels.

“Floating cities are the best solution for coastal city because they adapt to nature and are both flood and earthquake proof,” Chen said on the sidelines of the UN Habitat Assembly meeting underway in Nairobi.

He added that coastal cities typically expand through land reclamation of the sea, a practice that is not environmentally sustainable.

Chen said that he is currently in discussion with a number of coastal cities which have expressed interest in the floating cities concept.

Oceanix hopes to begin construction of the first floating city via public private partnership by the end of 2020.

Chen noted that floating cities will be an extension of existing coastal cities and will be anchored about one km from the shoreline.

He said a typical city in the ocean is about 75 hectares and will have a concrete foundation that floats on the sea.

“Concrete is very ideal because it has a lifespan of over 200 years and is not affected by water,” he said, adding that the floating cities will be sustainable by having a circular economy where everything used on the island will be recycled.

“The city will also tap renewable energy from solar, wind and tidal energy,” he added. Enditem

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