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1,000 visitors amazed by festival camping in highland forest

Recently, 1,000 of people were strongly impressed by an outdoor event taking place in Sa Mu Pass , Huong Phung commune, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province.

The festival camping themed “The role of the community in protecting forest and biodiversity” was jointly held by MCNV and the Management Board of the Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve on July 4-5th.

Around 1,000 participants including local residents, the authorities, representatives of governing agencies and tourists were present at the event.

Various activities were organized as part of the event, including awareness raising campaign on forest protection and sustainable management; exhibition of non-timber forestry products and local specialties.

The event amazed visitors with exotic culture of Van Kieu ethnic minority being featured on spectacular camps which were made from natural materials (bamboo, rattan, palm trees), decorated with traditional household applicances.

These camps also served as pavillion displaying delicate bamboo handicraft made by skillful workers of local ethnic minorites.

In addition, the event also brought to participants various captivating activities such as sports competition, arts performing and a dialogue celebrating the 10th founding anniversary of the Management Board of Northern Huong Hoa Nature Reservoir. The dialogue was a meaningful sharing platform where the 10-year journey was recalled while the plans for the future were unveiled by the insiders.

Local forestry sector and authorities spoke highly of the event as an initiative bringing precious opportunities to people of ethnic minorities to develop livelihood based on non-timber products and sustainable forest management.

At present, the Management Board of Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve and MCNV are joining hands to map out a cooperation plan in the time to come, with focus on awareness raising, reinforcing the role, responsibility and participation of the community in forest protection and management, at the same time helping residents living nearby forests can develop sustainable livelihood.

The event was held as part of the project ‘Promoting sustainable partnership between CSOs and enterprises for sustainable forest management in the context of climate change’ (PROSPER) co- funded by the European Union and MCNV in Quang Tri province, period 2020-2022.