Vietnam will put aside 460 billion VND (roughly 24 million USD) to develop marine protected areas (MPA) from 2011 to 2020.
Under a plan, which was recently approved by the Prime Minister, Vietnam will set up 16 MPAs during the first phase, lasting from 2011 to 2015, to the tune of 300 billion VND.
The MPAs will include Tran and Co To in Quang Ninh province, Bach Long Vi and Cat Ba in Hai Phong city, Hon Me in Thanh Hoa province, Con Co in Quang Tri province, Hai Van-Son Tra in Thua Thien-Hue province and Da Nang city, Cu Lao Cham in Quang Nam province, Ly Son in Quang Ngai province, Nam Yet and Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa province, Nui Chua in Ninh Thuan province, Phu Quy and Hon Cau in Binh Thuan province, Con Dao in Ba-Ria-Vung Tau province and Phu Quoc in Kien Giang province.
Accordingly, the MPAs will cover at least 0.24 percent of the country’s total territorial waters and around 30 percent of the MPAs’ areas will be protected strictly by 2015.
With a total investment of 160 billion VND for the 2016-2020 period, the country will study and expand operational MPAs and establish a number of new MPAs.
To develop MPAs, the government has issued incentive policies aimed at encouraging individuals and organisations, especially communities, to pour investment in and manage MPAs.
In addition, a large number of officials in charge of marine conservation will be trained for concerned agencies at all levels as well as for coastal regions.