The submerged forest of Thi Nai Lagoon in Binh Dinh province (Photo: baobinhdinh.com.vn)

Binh Dinh (VNA) – The central province of Binh Dinh plans to spend 24.5 billion VND (1.09 million USD) on a project to preserve biodiversity by 2025.

Binh Dinh now has seven provincial-level nature reserves and habitat preservation areas in the districts of An Lao, Phu My, Phu Cat, Vinh Thanh, and Quy Nhon city and Ba Hoa mountain area.

The project aims to sustainably protect and develop important natural ecosystems, rare and endangered species and genre sources; maintain and develop climate change adaptation ecosystem services, and raise public awareness of protecting biodiversity conservation.

A biodiversity corridor connecting the An Toan nature reserve in An Lao with Kon Chu Rang preservation area of the Central Highland province of Gia Lai as well as a series of flora garden systems, a wild animal rescue centre, and a center for conserving plants and animals will be planned.

Attention will be paid to protecting and developing rare and endangered species, natural forest ecosystems, and natural resources in coastal and inland water areas, and sand-banks in unused land areas.

The An Toan nature reserve, the largest of its kind in the province, is home to a diversified ecosystem and many endemic flora and fauna species. The local authorities plan to expand the reserve to 26,050 ha by 2030.-VNA