|Thua Thien-Hue Province’s Bach Ma National Park has been extended to increase wildlife protection.— VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung|
HUE — A highly diverse and ecologically important forest area stretching from Hue to the Laos border has been protected thanks to a 4.5-year project.
The “Green Corridor” project, with funding of US$2.57 million from the World Bank, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Netherlands Development Organisation and the central province of Thua Thien- Hue, involves extensive surveys and afforestation. It also led to the establishment of the Sao La Nature Reserve and the extension of the Bach Ma National Park.
Capacity was built through action plans for biodiv-ersity and preventing forest fires and wildlife trade.
More thanr 70 training courses were held for communities and rangers in areas ranging from law enforcement to nursery gardening techniques, in addition to awareness events in schools across the provinces.
“The project has succeeded in strengthening the management of the forest area,” said Nguyen Ngoc Thien, chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial People’s Committee.
“I’m pleased to see how the project helped upgrade the forests, which play a vital role in protecting upland watersheds, biodiv-ersity, and landscapes,” he added.
The Green Corridor is a wet, low forest of below 700m in altitude, and home to many globally endangered species like the sao la, tiger, golden turtle, Vietnamese francolin, phein-ardia ocellata and white-cheeked black gibbon.
Based upon the achievements of the Green Corridor project, the WWF is already planning two new projects that will enhance the conservation efforts taken in the past few years. —