In Ninh Thuận Province, not far from the South-Central Coast, Dr. Diệp Thị Mỹ Hạnh, a botanist, is growing a “wall” of bamboo.
The protective corridor, aptly named “La Grande Muraille Verte” (The Great Green Wall), helps fight soil erosion and climate change. It’s an important effort to improve the local environment as Ninh Thuận’s unfavorable geographical location and severe deforestation have led to degraded land and poor conditions for agricultural production.
Dr. Diệp Thị Mỹ Hạnh is a world-renowned botanist, specializing in bamboo. In her Phú An bamboo village, located around 40km from Saigon, she collected over 300 varieties of the plant, the vast majority of which are Vietnamese. For La Grande Muraille Verte, she used a specific kind of thorny bamboo, which is native to dry regions and therefore specifically suited to grow in this location. Particularly fast-growing, the variety is well-suited to building this green wall.