Australia supports environment campaign in Vietnam

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Australia will assist Vietnam in cleaning up the Ta Cu Nature Reserve in the central province of Binh Thuan as part of a global environmental campaign, the Australian Consulate-General said in a statement Thursday.

Hundreds of students and locals are expected to take part in the activities at the reserve this Sunday as part of this year's "Clean Up the World" campaign, an initiative supported by the Australian government, the statement said.

The campaign kicked off last weekend in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3, where hundreds of residents participated in a clean-up in the area.

Vietnam has been a great supporter of the global program since 1994, said Deputy Australian Consul-General Ross Hetherington.

"The growth of the program over the past 16 years, and the attendance at last weekend's clean-up events in Ho Chi Minh City, is a testament to the commitment of the Vietnamese people to their environment and their country," Hetherington said.

The Ta Cu Nature Reservation covers a total area of 11,866 hectares and is home to around 1,000 plants and 178 species of animals.

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