THUA THIEN – HUE — The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will provide more than US$495,000 to extend a project to help develop the sea-based economy in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.
On Saturday, the provincial People's Committee said the project was expected to help improve the living conditions for local people on the lagoon system through the sustainable management of aquatic resources and environmental protection.
The extended project will cover more than 22,000ha of water surface in the Tam Giang-Cau Hai region in five of the province's districts. The area is the largest salt-marsh in Southeast Asia which possesses a plentiful ecosystem and is home to thousands of species of aquatic creatures.
About 350,000 people currently make their living from the lagoon.
In 2009, the province established the 23.6ha aquatic product protection area in Phu Vang District. So far, more than 160ha are being regulated under five aquatic product protection areas in the Tam Giang-Cau Hai lagoon. — VNS