Quảng Nam to launch bamboo conservation project

The central district Điện Bàn–in cooperation with the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA)–has kicked off a local bamboo conservation project that will run from 2017-25.

Vice Chairman of Điện Bàn People’s Committee Phan Minh Dũng confirmed the project to the Việt Nam News on Thursday, saying that it will help conserve and develop an area of 1,800ha or 1,900ha bamboo area.

Dũng said the project also aimed to create a sustainable development livelihood for 15,000 rural Điện Bàn residents, with jobs in bamboo crafts and eco-tour service.

The vice chairman said the bamboo conservation project would create a ‘green dyke’ to protect banks of many rivers in the district as well as living quarters along river system.

He said the bamboo conservation and craft project would be connected with craft villages including bronze casting in Phước Kiều, rice cakes in Phú Chiêm, sedge net weaving in Triêm Tây, fish sauce in Hà Quảng and fine arts in Đông Khương along the Thu Bồn River in the district.

Điện Bàn bamboo is a major material for craft villages in Hội An, in serving for eco-tourism.

Last year, the district also agreed to reserve 2.6ha to build the Việt Nam-Korea Cultural Exchange Centre with a fund of US$5 from the Việt Nam Veterans Association of Korea (VVAK) in Hà My Đông village near Hội An city. — VNS

Source: Vietnam News. Date: January 6 2017