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Lagoon Review Board Sneers at Developers

THUA THIEN-HUE Unplanned and excessive aquaculture and fishery are two major problems facing Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoon in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, experts warned during a lagoon management seminar held in Hue on Tuesday.

Aquaculture developments in Tam Giang-Cau Hai Lagoon. Photo: Thai Loc,VNS

Experts Michele Marconi from Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy) and Le Cong Tuan from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry said local residents’ encroachment into the lagoon, excessive waste water, mismanagement and disease outbreaks had led to less productive aquaculture and fishery in the lagoon.

The consequences were lower incomes, poor living standards and negative effects on the province’s economy and environment.

The seminar was held by Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee to review the two-year operations of the Integrated Management of Lagoon Activities (IMOLA) project of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

With funding of US$1.5 million provided by the Italian government through the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the three-year IMOLA project aims to assist the provincial authority in the development of a strategy for the lagoon’s management, based on an understanding of the current status of the ecological and physical system and the livelihoods of the people in and around the lagoon.

It seeks to promote a participatory sustainable management of the hydro biological resources in the lagoon, in accordance with the socio-economic and production systems requirements of the population and with an emphasis on gender roles, food security and poverty alleviation.

Source:VNS

Ellen Hardy

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