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How Dong Thap spent 185 billion VND to preserve 100 red-crowned cranes

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How Dong Thap spent 185 billion VND to preserve 100 red-crowned cranes 2
How Dong Thap spent 185 billion VND to preserve 100 red-crowned cranes 2

Dong Thap province has just approved a crane conservation project with a total investment of 185 billion VND, implemented in 10 years, half of the budget comes from the remaining budget from socialized capital.

According to the plan, next time the province will receive the first pair of cranes from Thailand out of a total of 60 transferred cranes.

Red-crowned cranes migrated to Tram Chim garden in the past.

Mr. Nguyen Phuoc Thien, Vice President of Dong Thap, said the project not only regenerates crane flocks in the wild but also restores the existing ecological environment at Tram Chim.

`The crane is not only a precious bird but also a symbol of Tram Chim National Park, a tourist highlight that Dong Thap is determined to restore,` Mr. Thien said.

The province also builds agricultural models combined with tourism, improving sustainable livelihoods for people.

`185 billion VND does not stop at a flock of 50 cranes, but also has many long-term economic, social and cultural benefits when the natural ecosystem recovers,` Mr. Thien shared.

Experts implementing the project believe that 10 years is the minimum time to re-establish a flock of 10-20 cranes, reproducing themselves in the wild.

Dr. Tran Triet, International Crane Association (USA), said that the key to the success of restoring the crane population in Tram Chim is properly managing the ecosystem.

`Experience from Thailand shows that cranes use rice fields as breeding grounds,` he said.

How Dong Thap spent 185 billion VND to preserve 100 red-crowned cranes

Tram Chim National Park – where the crane conservation project is implemented.

The red-crowned crane’s outstanding features are its featherless, red head and neck, stripes on its wings and gray tail.

According to the International Crane Association, there are an estimated 15,000-20,000 red-crowned cranes worldwide, of which 8,000-10,000 are distributed in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

In Thailand, red-crowned cranes were previously extinct in the wild.

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