The Prime Minister has approved the “Integrating Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Resilience and Sustainable Forest Management in Trung Truong Son Landscapes” project.

The project has a total capital of 4.5 million USD, 3.8 million USD of which comes from the Global Environment Facilities’ official development assistance via the Asian Development Bank. The remaining is corresponding capital from Vietnam.

It is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the management and ecological integrity of the protected areas in the Trung Truong Son region of Vietnam and ensure sustainable ecosystem services and climate resilience, bringing livelihood benefits to local communities and contributing to regional growth.

The project has two components; to strengthen the planning and management of the biodiversity and forests in the protected areas and their buffer zones in the Trung Truong Son landscapes; and to implement landscape conservation measures at the community level in the protected areas and their surroundings, providing financial sustainability and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The central provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam will be the targeted beneficiaries of the project, scheduled to run from 2015 to 2018.-VNA