The WWF has provided 340,000 USD to a project to protect the habitat of aquatic creatures in the Lang Sen Wetlands Reserve in the Mekong Delta province of Long An.

According to Dr Le Phat Quoi from the Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources at HCM City’s National University, the project, which will run until the end of 2014, is to protect and restore the aquatic ecosystem, particularly species of fish native to the Mekong River such as the giant barb and the giant Mekong catfish.

It is also intended to ensure that local communities become more resilient to climate change by putting an end to the uncontrolled and destructive use of wetlands in the region. This change of approach will now become more inclusive, organised and sustainable, by piloting and promoting biodiversity and environmentally friendly farming methods.

Another overseas agency has also committed more than 100,000 USD to protect the wetlands reserve.