Over VND510 billion allocated for biodiversity conservation in Lam Dong

Friday, 2017-02-24 11:18:42
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The collared-laughing-thrush (Garrulax yersini), a species of bird endemic to Vietnam’s Lang Biang Biosphere Reserve. (Credit: baolamdong.vn)
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NDO – Over VND510 billion (US$US22.3 million) is the total amount to be funded by the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong for the locality’s biodiversity conservation project during 2017-2020.

Accordingly, the funds will be used to maintain and develop the Lang Biang Biosphere Reserve, as well as Bidoup Nui Ba and Cat Tien National Parks.

The province will also establish the Dong Duong Natural Reserve and a number of wildlife sanctuaries, including Nui Voi, Phat Chi and Madagui, in addition to constructing a Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Museum of Nature, a Tay Nguyen Park for wildlife preservation and several wildlife rescue centres.

It also targets to increase forest coverage to at least 55% in addition to making efforts to protect and limit the impact of deforestation across the province.

In addition, between 2017-2020, the province will prioritise investment for raising the public’s awareness and capacity in protecting biodiversity, developing detail planning and construction of conservation areas, building reserve facilities and strengthening the community’s engagement in the operation of the reserve areas.

Approved by the provincial People’s Committee, the project aims to devise directions, measures and policies for sustainable preservation and development of natural ecosystems as well as rare species and gene resources in the locality, while expanding ecologic services to adapt to climate change.