The WWF has provided 340,000 USD to a project to protect the habitat of
aquatic creatures in the Lang Sen Wetlands Reserve in the Mekong Delta
province of Long An.
According to Dr Le Phat Quoi from the Institute
of the Environment and Natural Resources at HCM City’s National
University, the project, which will run until the end of 2014, is to
protect and restore the aquatic ecosystem, particularly species of fish
native to the Mekong River such as the giant barb and the giant Mekong
It is also intended to ensure that local communities become
more resilient to climate change by putting an end to the uncontrolled
and destructive use of wetlands in the region. This change of approach
will now become more inclusive, organised and sustainable, by piloting
and promoting biodiversity and environmentally friendly farming methods.
Another overseas agency has also committed more than 100,000 USD to protect the wetlands reserve.