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NA Committee calls for urgent action to preserve VN biodiversity

 VietNamNet Bridge – Despite efforts to protect and sustainably use biodiversity, Vietnam’s biological resources have come under increasing pressure and are declining sharply, according to a workshop on biodiversity conservation.

VietNamNet Bridge – Despite efforts to protect and sustainably use biodiversity, Vietnam’s biological resources have come under increasing pressure and are declining sharply, according to a workshop on biodiversity conservation.


The workshop “Biodiversity Conservation in Vietnam: Status and Solutions” was hosted by the National Assembly (NA) Committee on Science, Technology and Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Hanoi on November 25.   

The workshop was held as part of the ongoing eighth session of the 13th National Assembly, with the aim of  drawing the attention of National Assembly members to major challenges and potential solutions relating to critical biodiversity issues in Vietnam, in order to influence the decision making process related to biodiversity management. It was the first time that a comprehensive briefing on biodiversity issues had been presented to National Assembly members.   

Present at the workshop were National Assembly members from 15  biodiversity hotspot provinces and more than 40 members of the NA Committee on Science, Technology and Environment;  as well as  representatives from various ministries, and national and international experts in the field of biodiversity conservation.

Four presentations were delivered at the workshop, on critical biodiversity issues, status and solutions; the status and proposed solutions for illegal wildlife trade and consumption; the issues and solutions for investigating and settling wildlife violations; and international experience in biodiversity management models.  

“Strengthening biodiversity management and conservation not only contributes to protection and conservation of natural resources, but also to socio-economic development. However, biodiversity conservation still needs to be properly addressed, to ensure continued sustainable use of biodiversity for life,” said Mr. Phan Xuan Dung, Chairman of the NA Committee on Science, Technology and Environment.

UNDP Country Director Louise Chamberlain emphasized the high future costs of inaction versus the comparably small investment required now to ensure biodiversity conservation.

She outlined five suggestions to strengthen biodiversity management in Vietnam, which included  increasing the State budget allocation for conservation and applying more innovative approaches to raise and retain finances for protected areas, and institutional restructure to resolve the overlapping mandates between responsible agencies.

The reports and presentations from this workshop will become part of the feedback to the General National Assembly for further discussion and debate to strengthen policies.

Mai Hoang


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