The co-management model for mangrove forest protection in Soc Trang province has improved livelihoods in local communities and efficiently protects forests. Located south of the Hau River, the southern-most tributary of the Mekong River, Soc Trang has faced the impacts of climate change, including coastal erosion.
Human activities like over-exploitation of aquatic resources in mangrove forests have caused the degradation of those forests which act as shields preventing erosion of coasts.
To grow mangrove forests, the province launched the co-management model in Au Tho B hamlet in Vinh Chau town’s Vinh Hai commune in 2007. Under it, local people together with authorities protect the forests and exploit aquatic resources and wood.