The meeting last week was a forum to update guidelines from the national level to provinces on the establishment of MPA according to the national planning and to discuss and consult on the necessary protocols and documents for establishing Co To - Dao Tran MPA in northern Quang Ninh province.

The establishment of a Marine Protected Area of Co To - Dao Tran is expected to boost socio-economic development of Co To island district in particular and of Quang Ninh province in general. (Photo: baotainguyenmoitruong)

It was organized within the cooperation framework between MCD, the Directorate of Fisheries, and the Quang Ninh provincial People's Committee, with support from the project “Accelerating the declaration of Co To Island MPA to strengthen the MPA network in Vietnam” funded by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors through Oceans 5.

The project aims to promote the Co To - Dao Tran MPA in Quang Ninh province to be established and recognized, while strengthening the connection of the national MPA network in Vietnam and promoting the active participation of agencies, organizations, experts and the communities in the formulation and operation of MPAs.

Le Tran Nguyen Hung, Deputy Director of Department of Aquatic Resources Conservation and Development of the National Directorate of Fisheries, commented, “The protection of fisheries resources is always one of the top priorities of the fisheries sector, in which the establishment of marine protected areas is an important measure, which should be implemented synchronously and effectively,” he said.

Ho Thi Yen Thu, Permanent Deputy Director of MCD, said currently, in the national strategy for the sustainable marine economic development of Vietnam to 2030 with a vision to 2045, the blue economy is identified as key.

“We believe that with the proactive action of government agencies in Quang Ninh province, together with the guidance and support of the national authorities and the involvement of the local community, the project will be successful in assisting Co To - Dao Tran MPA establishment process to reach the finishing line,” she said.

It is planned that after receiving all instructions and inputs from all levels, MCD will continue to work with experienced experts to assist Quang Ninh province in completing the documents and procedures for the Co To - Dao Tran Island MPA establishment, for the required appraisal and approval, and also promoting multi-stakeholder cooperation activities to raise public awareness and support for the MPA and strengthen the network of MPAs in Vietnam.

Source: VNA