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Thua Thien- Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien- Hue has splashed out 30 billion VND (1.33 million USD) on planting 290 hectares of forests, including 50ha of mangrove forest in response to climate change in 2015.

The provincial forestry department has supported localities to map out their afforestation plans and supplied them with 23,000 seedlings, mostly mangroves. Other mangrove varieties, which are suitable with the salt marshes in the province, have been successfully produced.

A large area of mangrove forests has been restored in Lap An lagoon in Lang Co town, making it home to a slew of valuable sea creatures.

In addition to the development of five hectares of forest in Ru Cha, Huong Phong coastal commune cultivated 4,000 square metres of mangrove forests with 2,200 varieties, forming bio-diversity and protecting environment in estuaries and areas near Tam Giang lagoon.

Thua Thien Hue has over 128 kilometres of coastline with 22,600 hectares of the lagoon system. Salt intrusion during the flood season causes land erosion while sweeping away houses and ponds, causing drastic losses to local people.

Thus, mangrove forest enlargement and restoration is crucial to develop the provincial socio-economic development and the environment.-VNA