Germans plant first mangrove arboretum in Vietnam

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The German Organization for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) on Monday gave Bac Lieu Province nearly US$16,000 to build its first arboretum for mangrove forests.


Nguyen Trung Chanh, manager of Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary in the Mekong Delta, said the money will fuel a project to grow mangrove trees for the bird garden and protective forests along the East Sea coast along the province.


The 1,200-square-meter nursery garden is expected to produce 100,000 small trees a crop, aiming to increase the biodiversity of mangrove forests along the Mekong Delta coastline.


The first crops planted at the arboretum will include white ivy, bruguiera parviflora, brown trees and date palm among others.


Chanh said the arboretum project is one of the activities contributing to the government's project aiming to plant five million hectares of new forest by the end of 2010.


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