Danish aid given to developing marine parks in Vietnam

An agreement on a project in which Denmark will help Vietnam develop a national network of marine parks was signed in Hanoi mid of December last year. Under the agreement, the Danish International Development Assistance will donate US$2.7 million for the project.
     Vietnam’s deputy minister of Fisheries Nguyen Viet Thang witness the ceremony in which the agreement was signed by Lars Mikkel Johannessen, a development co-operation counsellor at the Danish Embassy, and Vu Van Trieu, acting director of the International Co-operation Department under the Ministry of Fisheries.
     Vietnam’s English language daily Viet Nam News quoted Thang as sayinbg the project would play an important role in the protection and growth of marine wildlife and environments.
     The goal of the three-year project is to help the Vietnamese government create a policy and legal framework for the network, Thang said.
     Fifteen marine parks have been selected for the network. The Cu Lao Cham Archipelago in the central province of Quang Nam and the Hon Mun area in Khanh Hoa Province, will become marine parks.
     The Hon Mun area has already received management support from a pilot project funded by the Global Environmental Facility and Denmark.

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