Japan helps Vietnam minorities make eco-tourism gains

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Ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong are set to garner greater eco-tourism benefits under a project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The project which began implementation Wednesday on part of the Bi Doup-Ba Mountain National Park will be invested with more than US$3.8 million from Japan International Corporation Agency.

Residents living in and around the national park, most of them members of minority groups Cill and Lach, will be instructed in managing the park.

They will be funded and trained to be tour guides and provide eco-tourism services like home-stay tours and gong performances.

The ethnic minority residents will also be provided with seeds and technologies to cultivate crops and trees in environmentally friendly ways.

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