Visit to Can Gio Highlights the Environment

Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock
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Nate Rettenmayer, Economic Officer, U.S. Consulate General HCMC (left), Lê Đình Long, Deputy Director of the Communication, Environment Education, and Ecotourism Center – Can Gio Protection Mangrove Forest Management Board (center), and Doug O’Neill Environment, Science, Technology, and Health

On March 24, Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officers from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) traveled to the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve where they met with local government officials to discuss a variety of environmental issues, including climate change, mangrove reforestation efforts, ecotourism, and payments for ecosystem services.  Located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of HCMC, the biosphere plays a critical role in protecting HCMC from tropical storms.  Following the meeting, the officers toured the Biosphere via boat where they learned more about local wildlife, mangrove tree reforestation, and the impact of climate change in Can Gio.