Ha Long Bay (Source: VNA)
Quang Ninh (VNA) – The second phase of a project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has made practical contributions to protecting the environment of Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO-recognised World Natural Heritage, heard a conference in Quang Ninh province on August 31.

The second phase of the project, part of JICA’s technical cooperation programme, has been implemented from November 2013 to September 2016.

With a total investment of 60 million JPY (580,000 USD), the project has helped build a system to collect rubbish on the bay and bring it to the shore to be treated and build a model on environmental education to raise public awareness of preserving the heritage site.

Under the project, a ship running on bio-fuel was built and handed over to the Ha Long Bay Management Board for the collection and transport of rubbish, while 3,500 mangrove trees were planted and a textbook on environmental education was compiled and has been provided for local students.

Additionally, more than 4,000 leaflets on the Ha Long Bay environment were also delivered.

Three delegations of Quang Ninh officials have been sent to Japan’s Sakai city for training.

At the conference, delegates from Quang Ninh and Sakai city exchanged notes on how to increase the efficiency of waste management and the protection of the bay’s environment.-VNA