Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

The sustainable management of the Bac Lieu bird sanctuary was the main
focus of a seminar in the southern province of Bac Lieu on April
4.

Participants at the event, co-organised by the
provincial People’s Committee and the German International Cooperation,
heard proposals regarding the combination of sustainable management and
eco-tourism.

They also learned about the World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF)’s experience on management and conservation of
submerged land in the Mekong Delta.

To boost the
sustainable management of the sanctuary, Dr. Vu Ngoc Long, head of the
Southern Institute of Ecology, suggested the prohibition of hunting and
using chemicals and pesticides in shrimp breeding.

He
stressed the need to map out a plan on land use and management while
preventing the encroachment of the sanctuary’s core zone for
industrialisation and urbanisation.

Covering nearly
130 hectares in Hiep Thanh commune, Bac Lieu town, the century-old bird
sanctuary is home to over 100 species of bird and over 60,000 species of
stork, many of them have been listed in the Red Book.

There are also 109 fauna species and 150 flora species living together there, constituting a harmonious eco-environment.

The sanctuary is considered one of the most attractive eco-tourism
spots in the Mekong Delta and among submerged areas in Asia . Thanks to
its biological diversity, the sanctuary was recognised as a national
nature reserve in 1984.-VNA

By vivian