Cua Van fishing village in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been chosen to pilot the Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba alliance – an initiative to preserve and develop aquatic resources.

The project, run from January 2015 - June 2017, is expected to be approved this August. It specifies the allocation of areas for aquaculture-tourism development, mechanism of coordination between enterprises and fishing households, among others, said permanent Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Huy Hau.

More than 18 fishing households in Cua Van will join the project, he added.

Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the initiative costs over 691,000 USD, roughly 623,000 USD of which is non-refundable aid.

It aims to protect the landscapes, environment and natural resources for the sustainable development of Ha Long Bay.

It also helps connect stakeholders to sustainably tap and manage Ha Long Bay.-VNA