Farmers in Xuan Hoa and Xuan Hai communes in Song Cau district, central coastal Phu Yen province, have planted 2,070 trees of the endangered Chai La Cong (Shorea falcata Vid) species on 13 ha of forest land.
The cultivation of the trees is part of a project funded by the Global Environment Fund (UNDP-GEF/SGP) to restore, preserve and develop Chai La Cong in sandy, coastal areas of Phu Yen.
The project launched in Feb. 2002 aims to raise awareness among local authorities and communities about the importance of preserving the species, which plays a vital role in the local ecosystem.
Chai La Cong is listed in Viet Nam's Red Book. The tree, which belongs to the Dipterocarpaceae, a typical Southeast Asian tropical forest species, is hardy and can withstand drought and other harsh conditions, including poor soil.
Before the project was launched, only 13 Chai La Cong trees were found in two areas in the whole country - Cam Hai Dong commune in Khanh Hoa province and Xuan Hoa and Xuan Hai communes in Phu Yen province.
VNA - (21/09/2004)