A 63 billion VND (3 million USD) project has been launched in the southern province of Tra Vinh to preserve the Long Khanh mangrove forest ecosystem between 2014 and 2018.

The project aims to preserve and foster the reproduction of the fauna and flora ecosystem diversification in the Long Khanh commune in order to serve the research and development of an eco-tourism site in the area.

The majority of the funds, 54 billion VND (2.6 billion USD), will be dedicated to planting 73 hectares of forest, reproducing monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and other wild animals, building stations and grids, and purchasing machines and equipment to protect the forest.

Primeval Long Khanh mangrove forest has been under State protection since 2006, including mangrove, date, and African mahogany flora and squirrel, weasel and bird fauna preserved within the conservation area.-VNA