Mangrove trees are planted in the mouth of the Thach Han River in Quang Tri province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The central province of Quang Tri is focusing on protecting and developing coastal and estuary mangrove forests in order to safeguard dykes, production land, and residential areas amid negative impacts of climate change.

Since 2009, with nearly 20 billion VND from the national target programme on dyke upgrading and protection, residents in Trieu Phuoc commune, Trieu Phong district have planted more than 40 hectares of mangrove forests around a 5-km sea dyke.

After nearly 10 years, the mangrove forests in Trieu Phuc are now developing well, creating a corridor protecting the sea dyke and people’s life.

Nguyen Cong Khang, 57, a local resident, said the mangrove forests play a very important role in safeguarding the sea dyke, especially in the rainy season.  They also help improve the water environment in aquaculture farms.

From the success in Trieu Phuoc commune, Quang Tri province has been expanding the model to many other localities in coastal and estuary areas. For example, Gio Viet commune in Gio Linh district has developed a community-based model to protect nearly 4.5 hectares of mangrove forests.

Also in the commune, the Quang Tri Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Technology has implemented a project to restore the environment and sustainably develop the mangrove forest ecosystem, with the planting of nearly 2.5 hectares of mangrove forests.

To deal with climate change, between 2015-2020, the province has been carrying out a project to recover and sustainably develop the mangrove forest ecosystem in combination with sustainable livelihoods, planting close to 65 hectares of mangrove forests in Ben Hai and Thach Han estuary areas.

Together with mangrove forest protection and development, Quang Tri has also paid attention to safeguarding about 1,600 hectares of natural forests and more than 9,250 hectares of coastal forests in order to minimise coastal erosion and impacts of flood tides.-VNA