Soc Trang, RoK cooperate to study coastal ecosystem, water quality hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)
Soc Trang (VNA) – A workshop was held on June 9 to review the project on coastal ecosystem research and water quality analysis in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang with help from the Republic of Korea (RoK).

The event was organised by the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) and the Republic of Korea’s Marine Environment Management Corporation (KOEM).

The project, started in July 2015, comprises three components - coastal water quality analysis and assessment, coastal ecosystem research, and enhancement of the management capacity of officials in the environmental sector.

Participants discussed the establishment of a sea preservation zone and strengthening ecosystem monitoring in Soc Trang.

They suggested promoting coastal biodiversity preservation and ecotourism in the province in order to minimise negative impacts of public tourism on the nature, and improving social welfare and locals’ livelihood.

Koh Byoungseol from KOEM said the province needs to develop biodiversity protection strategies and zone off areas for creature preservation, while ensuring continuous management in the project’s targeted areas in Cu Lao Dung district, Tran De district, and Vinh Chau town.

According to Tran Van Thanh, DoNRE Deputy Director, said the outcome of the project will lay a foundation for the province to make plans for ecosystem management and the development of the coastal areas.

The agency will continue implementing the project, Thanh said, expressing his hope that the RoK will continue provide its support for the locality in the work.-VNA