The Mekong Delta Province of Đồng Tháp is taking measures to preserve biodiversity in its wetlands, waterways and dry land areas, as well as in agricultural production in the 2021 - 2025 period.
Deputy Chairman of the Province's People’s Committee Huỳnh Minh Tuấn said that fish and other aquatic species, for example, were often released into the wild on public holidays. Đồng Tháp Province releases more than 2 million fish of various species into the wild each year. The Province has surveyed eco-systems to identify the specific areas and species of plants and animals that should be preserved. Typical plants like lotus, water lily, cajuput trees, bamboo, rice varieties and other indigenous plants will be preserved. Many plants, especially rice varieties and specialities fruits like Cát Chu mango, Cát Hoà Lộc mango and pink mandarin, will be preserved as well.
Bamboo trees are planted in the Gáo Giồng cajuput forest area (Đồng Tháp Province)
The Province is also focusing on developing animal husbandry, aquaculture and plants in the Đồng Tháp Mười (Plain of Reeds) area in the Tràm Chim National Park, Gò Tháp Heritage Site, Xẻo Quýt National Historic Site and Gáo Giồng cajuput forest area. In the Gáo Giồng cajuput forest area in Cao Lãnh District, 68 types of bamboo on a bamboo reservation area are under preservation.
Head of the Gáo Giồng cajuput forest area’s Management Board Huỳnh Thanh Hiền said the reservation is part of a preservation area attached to the Gáo Giồng ecotourism area. Many bird species are now coming and making nests in the bamboo area. The bamboo reservation is also a place for researchers and tourists to visit and study about bamboo species in Việt Nam.
From 2021 to 2025, the Đồng Tháp Province People’s Committee said it would improve public awareness about biodiversity preservation and environmental protection. Nature reserves, endangered animals and plants, and forest areas, especially special-use forests, will all be protected. Focus will also be on the reproduction of indigenous plants and animals that have high value and the use of advanced techniques in agricultural production to promote biodiversity. The Province is calling for private investment in biodiversity, forest and eco-tourism preservation and environmental protection projects.
Châu Long (VNS source)