Kien Giang spends 356 billion VND on four afforestation projects hinh anh 1The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang splashes out over 356 billion VND (15.35 million USD) on four afforestation projects.(Photo: VNA)

Kien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang splashed out over 356 billion VND (15.35 million USD) on four afforestation projects under the National Target Programme for Climate Change Response and Green Growth for the 2016-2020 period, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Of the sum, more than 187 billion VND was poured into protecting and developing coastal protective forest in Hon Dat and Kien Luong districts, and Ha Tien city. The project includes planting new forest, taking care of the forest and building forest infrastructure. Some 84 percent of the workload is expected to be completed by 2020.

Another project to coastal protective forest restoration and development is underway in Kien Luong and Hon Dat districts and Ha Tien city with total investment of over 114 billion VND. The project will complete 86 percent of the workload next year.

Meanwhile, more than 35 billion VND came to a project on growing mangrove forest along Binh Son and Binh Giang communes in Hon Dat district. Currently, 50 hectares of mangrove forest has been planted, and around 88.5 percent of the workload will be accomplished by the end of 2020.

The coastal area in Nam Thai commune, An Bien district is being protected under a 20-billion VND mangrove afforestation project. Some 90 percent of the project will be finalised by the end of next year.

The agricultural department said that once completed, the projects will make positive contributions to responding to climate change, prevent coastal erosion, while helping improve livelihoods of local people./.