The Australian Embassy in Hanoi has provided 205 million VND (10,000 AUD) for a waste management project to support environmental conservation and eco-tourism development in the Ba Be National Park in northern Bac Can province.

This project is currently managed by the Bac Can Pro-Poor Partnership for Agro-forestry Development (3PAD).

The Ba Be National Park, located in Bac Can province, is an area of national significance in terms of both forest and biodiversity protection. The Park’s forests are an important source of income for local ethnic minority groups.

Three ethnic Tay villages – Coc Toc, Bo Lu and Pac Ngoi in Nam Mau commune – have been chosen for the project.
The project will be administered through local schools and will mainly be run by women and children. It will provide infrastructure needed to establish the safe collection and sale or disposal of waste in Ba Be district. Recyclable waste will become a source of income for the people involved.

An environmental education campaign will also be organised to increase understanding of the negative impacts of litter on the environment and on eco-tourism opportunities.

Hoang Van Giap, Director of 3PAD Project Management, appreciated the support from the Australian Embassy, saying this model will be documented to enable expansion of the project to other villages and areas of the Park and Bac Can province.

The Ba Be National Park has been recognised as a Natural Preserve Zone since 1977 and is listed as one of twelve priority sites for biodiversity conservation in Vietnam . It covers an area of 7,611 hectares, and includes the largest natural lake in Vietnam . A network of rivers and streams connect the lake to evergreen forests that cover adjacent ranges of limestone mountains./.