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$2.13 million for conserving Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Released at: 15:37, 24/11/2015

$2.13 million for conserving Phong Nha-Ke Bang

PM approves third phase of German ODA-funded project to protect Quang Binh national park.

by Hoai An

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has recently approved the third phase of a project on the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in central Quang Binh province, which is being funded by the German Government through non-refundable official development assistance of €2 million ($2.13 million).

The Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee is responsible for reciprocal funding of €175,000 ($186,060). The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2016 and will apply conservation experience to the policy making of local management agencies.

The project will facilitate the construction and implementation of information systems and the managing and monitoring of changes in biodiversity to help implement management and protection of the forest in an effective manner.

New models for improving livelihoods and conserving biodiversity in the buffer zones of the National Park will also be carried out with support of agricultural promotion networks and which highlight the role of women and ethnic minority groups.

Solutions for strengthening cooperation between Phong Nha-Ke Bang and the Hin Nam No Protected Area will be identified, while human and financial resources will be supplemented to improve information exchange to minimize the dangers to important natural resources in both areas.

The Prime Minister also asked the Provincial People’s Committee to carry out the project in accordance with existing regulations and to take responsibility for allocating sufficient reciprocal funds to ensure the project’s progress.

The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. It received its second UNESCO recognition on July 3 this year.

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