Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a project on the conservation of critical wetland areas and linked landscapes with the aim of establishing two more wetland preservation areas in northern Thai Binh province and central Thua Thien-Hue province.

The project, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility (GEF), will be carried out in four years at a total cost of over 18 million USD.

According to the Prime Minister’s Decision 1131/QD-TTg signed on July 9, the project will be implemented by the Vietnam Environment Administration and the People’s Committees of Thai Binh and Thua Thien-Hue provinces, under the management of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

It looks to build legal frameworks for the conservation of wetlands, establish two new wetland preservation areas, enhance provincial-level capacity in protecting and exploiting wetlands and reduce threats from local livelihoods to biodiversity.

The project also aims to raise public awareness of the value of wetland ecosystem, targeting sustainable management and use of larger linked landscapes.

Vietnam is home to many world important wetland areas, including the Lang Sen Preservation Area in Mekong delta Long An province, Mui Ca Mau National Park in southernmost Ca Mau province and Tram Chim National Park in Mekong delta Dong Thap province.-VNA