Trà Vinh is one of the delta’s provinces hardest hit by climate change, especially rising sea levels, which impact environment and the people living in coastal areas.
To mitigate the impacts, the province has implemented various forest growing programmes in recent years.
Lê Quang Răng, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said more than 360 ha of forests were planted in the last five years and another 54 ha would be planted this year. The province has nearly 9,500ha of forests now, twice as much as in 1992. Mangrove forests have helped protect the province’s 65 kilometres of coasts from strong winds, waves and storms. They are also habitats for aquatic species.
The province has set a goal to increase its forest cover from 4 percent last year to 4.2 percent in 2025.