Hoi An's Cam Thanh village in central Quang Nam province started offering tours of nipa palm forests and opportunities to participate in afforestation efforts.

The tour, organised by Hoi An Eco-tour Company and the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), was created as part of Mangroves for the Future's Sustainable Use of Cam Thanh village Nipa Palm Wetlands project.

Tourists who join the tour will learn about the wetland's ecological system, walk through it and plant trees themselves.

For the past 100 years, villagers have been planting nipa palms to protect the village from the Thu Bon River's floods.

Part of the world-recognised Cham Island bio-reserve, the forest is a favourite eco-tour destination. The city plans to plant 140ha of nipa palms in Cam Thanh village.-VNA