Hanoi allocates VND 73.5 billion for biodiversity protection

Tuesday, 2014-07-15 10:39:20
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Plant diversity in Ba Vi National Park
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Nhan Dan – The Hanoi People’s Council has approved a VND 73.5 billion (US$3.5 million) plan, effective through 2030, to preserve the city’s biological diversity.

The plan aims to protect important natural ecosystems, endemic and rare species, as well as conserve and utilise forest resources in a sustainable manner.

Under the plan, Hanoi authorities will take measures to phase out illegal natural resource exploitation activities and other threats to biodiversity.

In addition to maintaining existing nature reserves including Ba Vi National Park and the K9 Zone, Hanoi will establish new areas in Huong Son and Soc Son, among others.

The city has also set a target to develop a gene vault of its speciality herbs and fruit trees, as well as raise forest coverage to 7.7 percent and improve urban landscape to make it more environmentally friendly.