A number of projects are being implemented in Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve in Son Dong district, northern Bac Giang province in a bid to protect and increase its biodiversity, which is representative of the northeastern region.

The projects aim to involve residents in environmental protection, improve the reserve’s infrastructure, and protect its rare flora and fauna species by 2020, at an estimated cost of 19 billion VND (905,000 USD), 55.6 billion VND (2.65 million USD) and 16 billion VND (762,000 USD), respectively.

Additionally, in 2015 a project will relocate residents to areas outside of the nature reserve at a cost of more than 3.6 billion VND (171,400 USD).

In 2010-2013, more than 37,170ha of forest were designated for protection by local residents, and more than 200ha of the buffer zone was reforested. In the same period, a number of international and domestic projects were implemented in an effort to protect and develop forests and biodiversity.

The Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve was established by Bac Giang’s Provincial People’s Committee on 22 July 2002 with the issuing of Decision No. 117/QD-UB.

The locality aims to expand the nature reserve to more than 12,172ha, with a 5,448ha core zone, nearly 6,524ha of ecological rehabilitation zone and a buffer zone of more than 6,618ha.-VNA