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Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – Nguyen Van Cao, Chairman of the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien Hue, has pledged that the locality will speed up the implementation of Truong Son Xanh, a US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project on climate change response in the locality.

Meeting USAID Director in Vietnam Michael Greene on October 3, Cao thanked USAID for sponsoring the project, which protects local forest biodiversity and reduces losses in forest development.

He said that after the project is approved, the province will implement it immediately.

Cao noted that climate change directly threatens the realisation of sustainable development goals of Vietnam where forests, animals and people living near forests face increasing risks of unsustainable development.

Truong Son Xanh, which covers Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to 2020, has a total cost of about 24 million USD and supports Vietnam’s transition to growth adapted to climate change and emission reduction by improving forest protection, biodiversity preservation and the sustainability of local communities.

The project also aims to increase locals’ income by encouraging investment in smart agriculture and conserving natural forests and biodiversity.

Michael Greene said that he hopes with the experience of USAID, the Truong Son Xanh project will be successful, meeting the expectation of both sides in protecting biodiversity and sustainable forest development.

He also suggested his group work with Thua Thien-Hue in training local doctors and to increase USAID support in caring for disabled people in the province.-VNA