(QNO) - Scientific solutions and raising awareness of the role of biodiversity in local people have helped the coastal areas, especially the UNESCO-recognised Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands)-Hoi An World Biosphere Reserve in Quang Nam province in climate change response.
The coastal areas in Quang Nam have persistently been under the bad impacts of climate change such as landslides, storms, groundwater lowering, natural resource degradation.
In recent years, the Management Board of Cham Islands Marine Protected Area has periodically coordinated with NGOs to reduce waste in the local coastal areas.
According to Ms Huynh Thi Thuy Huong from the Cham Islands Marine Protected Area, the average coverage of seagrass beds in the water of Cham Islands was about 16.24% in 2020. The seagrass in Bai Xep, Hon Mo and Bien Bac are currently growing well. Moreover, 59% of the Cham Islands seabed is now covered with coral of good health.
Researches on the biodiversity in the Cham Islands special-use forest under the Green Annamites project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has discovered more rare species of plants, birds, and butterflies there.
Raising community awareness
Besides the model of zero-waste life, self-management groups have been set up to protect environment, biodiversity and aquatic resources, to develop eco-tourism and community-based tourism.
Local fishermen have been encouraged to earn their living and protect marine environment harmoniously.