Làng tre Phú An (Bamboo Village of Phu An)
The village of Phu An, located north of Saigon, was heavily bombed during the Viet Nam War. Làng tre Phú An (Bamboo Village of Phu An) has created an Eco-Museum of Bamboo and Botanical Conservatory with the aim of conserving biodiversity, protecting the region's bamboo forests, andhelping to "transform the iron triangle into a green triangle." The initiative carries out conservation activities to protect and restore Viet Nam's bamboo, including endangered species from across the country. More than 350 varieties of bamboo are stored in its museum and botanical conservatory.
This pioneering project has brought tangible economic rewards to the Phu An community, whose members are trained in the production of artisanal bamboo handicrafts. A total of 3,000 families have benefitted from the Bamboo Village, and out-migration from the area to urban centres has reduced significantly.
Equator Prize Winner: 2010
Location: Phu An village, Binh Duong province
Beneficiaries: farmers, youth, school children
Biodiversity: 350 bamboo specimens
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Equator Prize 2010
Asia And The Pacific
Ecoagriculture and Food Security
DIEP THI MY HANH
Thu Dau Mot
Binh Duong, Viet Nam 830000
Tel: 008 465 035 80717
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