28/03/2019 16:49 GMT+7 print

IUCN’s Green List introduced in Ninh Binh province

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas (IUCN Green List) was introduced at a workshop held in the northern province of Ninh Binh on March 27.

According to James Hardcastle, expert from the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, the IUCN Green List is a set of global standards on successful conservation.

It aims to encourage and allow managers of nature reserves to obey global standards in order to equitably and effectively manage protected areas, and promote sustainable development, he said, adding that the standards include three components of good governance, sound design, and effective management of preservation results.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Manh Ha, a member of the National Expert Assessment Group for Green List (EAGL) in Vietnam, said Vietnam has taken part in the IUCN Green List programme since 2016 following the approval of the Department of Natural Conservation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Since then, four protected areas have registered to join the programme, namely Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh province, Con Dao National Park in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province and Pu Mat National Park in Nghe An province.

Managers of areas must work to ensure all natural resources in the protected zones are in good condition, he stressed.

Director of the Hoa Lu Special-use Primary Forest Mai Van Quyen introduced Van Long Nature Reserve, and highlighted activities to develop tourism and protect rare animals in the site.

He also mentioned challenges in the governance work like forest fire, use of plant protection products and overexploitation of natural resources, among others.

In a bid to equitably govern, effectively manage and achieve conservation outcomes at the Green List areas, experts said more bio-diversity protection measures should be outlined and implemented while proper evaluation should be carried out on the preservation work of managers, staffs and partners of the nature reserves.