The Global Environment Facility, a funder of projects to improve the global environment, will provide US$3.5 million for a project to improve management of nature reserves in Vietnam, the VnExpress newswire reported.
The four-year project puts forward long-term measures to improve the capacity of officers working in nature reserves and provide stable financial support to the reserves.
It plans to build a legal framework for financial support by relevant organizations as well as raise public awareness on biodiversity and the situation of nature reserves in the country.
The project specifically targets the management of Xuan Thuy National Park in Nam Dinh Province, the Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park in Lam Dong Province and the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve in Hai Phong City.
It will be implemented by the United Nations Development Program and Vietnamese Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development
Vietnam is among the most biodiversity rich countries in the world, according to experts, but is facing risks of severe ecological degradation due to deforestation and expansion of commercial agriculture.