23/05/2015 12:38 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Biodiversity Day marked with sustainable development discussions

Hanoi, May 22 (VNA) – The Vietnam Environment Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on May 22 held a meeting to mark the International Day for biological diversity.

Addressing the event, which was themed “conservation of biodiversity for sustainable development,” Deputy Head of the Administration, Nguyen The Dong, said that Vietnam is a nation of high biological diversity where global conservation efforts are prioritised.

In recent years, Vietnam has achieved positive results, such as the maintenance and continued development of a widespread protected area network of nature reserves, Ramsar wetlands and biosphere reserves.

However, biodiversity in the country is in regression and ecology systems have been affected strongly.

Participants at the meeting agreed that to strengthen biodiversity conservation, authorised agencies should continue completing a legal framework for the work and build a national strategy on biodiversity conservation by 2020, with a vision to 2030.

The experts also emphasised the need to continue strengthening and developing management of biological diversity at national and local governmental levels, as well as boosting international cooperation in the field.