An environmental disaster area during the Vietnam War, these series of pictures tries to capture the Vietnamese's desire to turn this Ground Zero of an environmental warzone into a biosphere.
Spanning an area of over 75 000 ha, the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve is now declared to be a UNESCO site, unlike the scene that pervades it during the Vietnam War. Used by the local soldiers as a safe haven, the huge swath of greenery was rained by over 4 million litres of herbicides and other chemicals, and its adverse impacts was so deeply embedded into the eco-system that it required an entire generation of dedicated care for it to be what it is today.
This docu-story captures the various activities that are only beginning to take place within the biosphere, and the steps taken by the local authorities to ensure its sustainability. Hopefully it is a gentle reminder to the current and future generations, about the fragility of Mother Nature.
These pictures are taken over a period of 3 months, with 2 visitations to the Biosphere. My wish and hope is that these photos and the story would serve as a reminder, and perhaps an inspiration, to what Man's steely determination can achieve in our constant fight to ensure Earth's survival.