The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reviewed the implementation of the Sustainable Livelihoods in and around Marine Protected Areas (LMPA) programme in the 2006 – 2011 period in Hanoi on Dec. 6.

As part of the Denmark – Vietnam Development Cooperation Programme in the environmental field, the 4.8 million USD LPMP programme aims to protect and restore valuable marine resources while ensuring the livelihoods of communities living in and around marine protected areas (MPAs).

LMPA Director Pham Trong Yen said that over the past years, LMPA has supported the establishment of Phu Quoc, Con Co and Hon Cau MPAs, perfected five-year management plans for Cu Lao Cham, Con Co and Phu Quoc, built MPA managerial capacity for 1,500 senior managers and provided practical training for locals.

The project also helped raise local people’s living conditions through building water supply facilities, toilets, waste treatment systems and facilitating island tourism services.

At the event, delegates highlighted the importance of finance and livelihoods in the marine preservation work. They also stressed the importance of formulating regulations on maintaining sustainable community-level support, creating added value for commodities and services and focusing on new ways to earn a living at the household level./.