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Ca Mau province to plant 900ha of protective forest

An aerial view of the U Minh Ha national forest in the southernmost province of Ca Mau

The southernmost coastal province of Ca Mau will invest VND85 billion (US$5.4 million) in 2005 to plant 900ha of protective forest, local authorities said.

Part of the investment will also be used to build houses for 544 households that are facing a high risk of landslides near coastal areas and river estuaries.

In other efforts, the province is also planning to provide shrimp breeding training courses to local farmers that will introduce them to new technical advances.

The local authorities will build rural infrastructure, including irrigation works, roads and 117 underground wells.

The province has 97,000ha of forest, including 61,100ha of mangrove forests and 36,000ha of cajeput forests, both of which are considered to be special ecological systems.

The Nam Can mangrove forest is home to 66 species of plants and an ideal habitat for shrimp, crab, fish and oysters.

The U Minh Ha cajeput forest has a wide diversity of flora and fauna, with 200 kinds of plants and 158 species of animals, including birds, reptiles, rare turtles, boas and snakes.

These two forests have played an important role in the local farming and marine economy, serving as both an eco-tourist site and scientific research centre.

By 2010, Ca Mau is expected to increase the forest area to 130,000ha from the current 97,000ha.

The effort is part of the local programme to implement the State plan to plant 5 million hectares of forest nationwide in the next five years.

VNS - (29/03/2005)

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