|The afforestation campaign in Kim Sơn District, the northern province of Ninh Bình, is underway. — VNA/VNS Photo Đức Phương|
NINH BÌNH — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the People’s Committee of Ninh Bình Province organised a ceremony to launch an afforestation campaign in Kim Sơn District on Tuesday.
The event formed part of the Mangrove Restoration and Sustainable Management Project in the Red River Delta funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK) through the Korea Forest Service (the KFS Project).
In his remarks, deputy agriculture minister Nguyễn Quốc Trị thanked the KFS for its support in the implementation of the project, contributing to promoting the role of coastal forests in the two target localities of Ninh Bình and Nam Định in protecting the environment and biodiversity, and reducing emissions.
The project had also generated income for local residents, and helped mitigate natural disasters and respond to climate change and sea level rise, the official added.
The implementation manifested the Korean Government’s responsibility for climate change response, he emphasised.
KFS Deputy Minister Sang-seop Lim said the project was significant to the forestry and fishery sector of both nations, noting that it would become an outstanding forestry project between Việt Nam and the RoK.
Based on the success, the Korean side would plan to expand its engagement in other fields like forest transformation and deforestation prevention, he said.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trần Song Tùng said the project area held potential for aquaculture and eco-tourism, and called on the investor and relevant units to coordinate with departments, agencies and localities, as well as cooperatives, households and individuals to roll out livelihood models for locals.
The five-year project has total funding of US$4.39 million, with $3.79 million coming from the RoK’s non-refundable aid. It targets 250 hectares of new mangrove forests in Kim Sơn, Ninh Bình, and at the Xuân Thuỷ National Park in Nam Định Province. — VNS