Solutions for the implementation of project “Life under a new climate: preparing rural livelihoods through ecosystem-based adaptation at Lang Sen Wetland Reserve” in the second half of 2013 were discussed at a July 19 meeting in the southern province of Long An.

The project, which was launched last year, is being implemented by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Vietnam in partnership with Long An Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The conference agreed to organise community-based groups to take part in the management, protection and use of wetland resources along with training courses for locals on environmentally-friendly agricultural production models.

Over the past one year, the 340,000-USD project funded by the Swedish Government has completed surveys and technical instructions for protecting the ecosystem in Lang Sen reserve. At the same time, a pilot model combining rice farming and fish raising was launched in the area.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.

Lang Sen Wetland Reserve, part of the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds), covers an area of 5,500 hectares in Tan Hung district of Long An province.

It is home to 154 plant species and 149 species of animals, of which, 13 are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book of rare and threatened species.-VNA