Bai Tu Long Bay biodiversity awareness and Sa Pa integrated environmental education project

Project dates
2001 – 2004

Department of Education and Training and the Darwin Initiative

Bai Tu Long Bay National Park, Quang Ninh Province and Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province


To match biodiversity conservation with economic development to achieve sustainable management in the Quang Ninh and Lao Cai province.


Park staff and Vietnamese post-graduate students were trained in species monitoring and identification. Local farmers were also trained to provide community development initiatives via alternative income.


A new biodiversity interpretation centre was established to raise conservation awareness in the national park. British taxonomical field experts collaborated with Frontier-Vietnam to produce bi-lingual field guides specific to the park. These publications provided centre staff with materials beneficial for biodiversity awareness activities and workshops aimed at educating local communities. An environmental education curriculum was also introduced, the first of its kind seen in Vietnam. The curriculum is now taught to primary school students at a number of locations throughout the Sa Pa district. Furthermore, an adult environmental education literacy manual was also produced. The medicinal plant project resulted in many local farmers producing sustainable crops with high yields, adding to community development through income from alternative sources.

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