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Hanoi (VNA) - A project on incorporating natural resource management and biodiversity preservation goals into socio-economic development planning and biosphere reserves management in Vietnam was launched in Hanoi on October 27.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen said the project will help perfect legal regulations on biosphere reserves in Vietnam, assist in sustainable forest recovery and management, promote community-based livelihood models to ease pressure on natural resources in three biosphere reserves, and raise awareness among stakeholders, to increase their participation in biosphere reserve management.

General Director of the Vietnam Environment Administration Nguyen Van Tai said Vietnam is now home to nine UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserves.

Most of them, however, are located in disadvantaged areas, meaning difficulties in fulfilling biodiversity and economic development goals remain.

Funded by the Global Environment Facility, the project will be carried out in Hanoi and biosphere reserves in Dong Nai, Quang Nam, and Nghe An provinces between 2020 and 2025./.