Ministry starts US$18 million wetland conservation project

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment hosted a seminar to start a project to conserve important wetlands and linked habitats in Hanoi on Wednesday.

The project is financed by the Global Environment Fund via the United Nations Development Program with a total capital of US$18 million.

It will be implemented from 2015 to 2018 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and the northern province of Thai Binh.

According to the project investor--the Natural Resource and Environment Policy Institute under the ministry, about 30 percent of Vietnam’s mainland comprises inland and tidal wetlands with high biodiversity.

However, these areas have been threatened by economic activities. Notably, agricultural activities and seafood farming have overexploited biological resources and caused environmental pollution.

Although Vietnam has established a system of biodiversity conservation sites, the area of wetlands is insignificant there.

By Anh Phuong – Translated by Hai Mien

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