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Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has recently launched a project to preserve wildlife in the central area of Truong Son Mountain Range using non-refundable aid from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Vietnam.

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was assigned to carry out the project in the buffer zones of Bach Ma National Park and Saola Nature Reserve in Nam Dong and A Luoi districts between now and 2022.

Costing over 6.8 billion VND (299,000 USD), the project aims to enhance the capacity of social organisations and local communities in building policies and giving feedback on natural resources management and biodiversity via training courses. It will also help improve livelihoods of residents living on forests, thereby easing pressure on natural resources.

Over the past years, the province has actively preserved biodiversity in central Truong Son Mountain Range, including surveying wildlife in nature reserves to prevent deforestation and forest degradation in the border areas between southern Laos and central Vietnam, especially in Bach Ma National Park and Saola Nature Reserve.

The survey results have mitigated threat to saola and other endangered species, thus keeping landscapes of central Truong Son Mountain intact. At the same time, technical solutions to supervision and management of biodiversity preservation have been enhanced and local livelihoods have improved.

The province is collecting studies to propose new measures to preserve wildlife and use techniques that do not impact landscapes for research.-VNA