Lap An Lagoon lies in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District, Thua-Thien-Hue Province. Twenty years ago, the lagoon had about 100 hectares of mangroves. By 2010, there were only five hectares of poor quality mangrove left. This rapid decline was the result of conversion to aquaculture, unsustainable fishing, and road building. The remaining mangroves are now threatened by clearance for a golf course that forms part of the local government’s master plan for the Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone.
The MFF Small Grant Facility project “Community-based restoration and management of mangrove in Lap An Lagoon, Thua Thien Hue Province” will strengthen the capacity of local communities to protect the last patch of mangroves in the face of the proposed golf course.
On December 21-22, 2011, members of the MFF National Coordinating Body visited Lap An Lagoon and made recommendations on mangrove restoration, including a focus on enabling natural regeneration of the existing mangroves rather than planting mangroves, to the grantee, the Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD). A film crew joined the trip and shot a documentary film. To see the film, see below.