A flock of red-crowned cranes will live in their natural habitat at the Tram Chim National Park in the province’s Tam Nong District, with at least 50 of them living there for the 2023-33 period, according to data released at a meeting held by the provincial administration on Thursday.

The project’s total funding will be allocated as follows: nearly VND13 billion ($555,687) for improving the habitat of the cranes, almost VND6 billion ($256,100) for organic agricultural production, and VND8 billion ($341,900) for tourism promotion.

The objective of the project is to not only restore the crane population, but also protect biodiversity, recreate their natural habitats, and develop an environment for organic agricultural production to benefit local residents.

Nguyen Phuoc Thien, vice-chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, has requested a thorough review of the project, including an evaluation of the ecosystem recreation, livelihood creation for local residents, ecotourism development, and collaborative ecotourism services from the local community.

The Tram Chim National Park is one of the few areas where red-crowned cranes can be found, with the last flock appearing in April 2021.

The declining crane population is linked to habitat loss, a limited number of natural paddy fields, toxic emissions from agricultural activities, and food scarcity.

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