Green Corridor: as one door closes, two will open
Building upon the great achievements of the Green Corridor, WWF is already planning on two new projects which will further conservation steps taken over the past few years. Wildlife Trade Bottleneck will continue building up enforcement in the area to protect species from the illicit trade. In addition, the SWITCH, Sustainable Development of Rattan, project funded by the European Commission, will look at the establishment of a sustainable production system for rattan products in Vietnam, and the neighbouring countries of Laos and Cambodia.
During the Green Corridor project’s four and a half years a varied and impressive amount of activities were undertaken and begun to conserve this very special area. It was established as a high priority for conservation after extensive surveys, and reforestation schemes were put into place.
Other jewels in the crown were the establishment of the new Saola Nature Reserve and an extension to Bach Ma National Park. Capacity was built through the development of Provincial Action Plans for Forest Fire, Wildlife Trade and Biodiversity. Over 70 training courses for communities and government rangers, on topics from law enforcement to nursery gardening techniques, as well as conducting awareness events at school, provincial and national levels were carried out as well.
Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Chairman of Thua Thien Hue People’s Committee, said “By its significant achievements, the project succeeded in strengthening management of the Green Corridor area”. He added “It is my pleasure to see how the project contributed to upgrade the forests which play a vital role to protect upland watersheds, biodiversity and landscapes.”
Dr Chris Dickinson, WWF Chief Technical Advisor, said “Being an ecological gradient across the Annamites, this landscape is unique for its rich biodiversity and requires mediate interventions. Expectedly, our new activities will be granted efficient cooperation and support from the People’s Committee, the Forest Protection Department and the local communities as the Green Corridor was.”