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Greater effort urged to protect biodiversity

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Breakthrough ‘near’ at UN biodiversity talks

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

NAGOYA, Japan (AFP) – A UN biodiversity meeting is close to adopting what would be a historic deal governing the use of genetic treasures such as those found in the Amazon, host Japan said on Friday.


“A draft decision has been agreed upon by representatives of regional groups. I would like to consider the adoption of this draft agreement later,” Japanese Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto told delegates.

An area of Sumatran forest cleared by a logging company, seen in August 2010. AFP

Negotiators involved in the talks have said that, if the deal is struck, it would likely pave the way for agreement on a 20-point plan aimed at protecting ecosystems and curbing the rapid extinction of animal and plant species.


However, delegates cautioned that each individual country still needed to approve the proposed “Access and Benefits Sharing Protocol”.


“On the edge of our seats in Nagoya. Do we have a deal on ABS?” European environment commissioner Janez Potocnik said in a message posted on microblogging website Twitter.


Brazil and other developing countries argue rich nations and companies should not be allowed to freely take genetic resources such as wild plants to make medicines, cosmetics and other products for huge profits.


The 12-day summit is due to end on Friday night.

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Source: SGGP

Biodiversity can help Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm




Biodiversity can help Mekong Delta


QĐND – Thursday, June 24, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

International climate change scientists met with Mekong Delta local experts and communities to discuss measures to cope with climate impacts at Kien Giang province’s Rach Gia city on June 23.


Speaking at the Forum “Biodiversity and Climate Change at Mekong Delta”, Dr Geoffrey Blate, Climate Change Coordinator of WWF’s Greater Mekong Programme, said it’s high time the area sought proper solutions to preserve the region’s biodiversity and to cope with other negative impacts of global warming.


About 130 delegates from the Kien Giang province Committee, National Committee and WWF participated in the forum aiming to raise people’s awareness about the value of biodiversity and ecology in coping with global warming in the region.


The climate change forum also discussed the significant roles of Biosphere Reserve Zones.


Nguyen Hoang Tri, general secretary of the National Committee of Programme on Vietnam People and Biosphere, said Kien Giang Province will introduce the World Biosphere Reserve Zone this week, making it one of the world’s biggest biosphere zones with a range of tropical eco-systems.


Global warming has been proven worldwide to have negative impacts on biodiversity, especially in the Mekong Delta, experts have warned.


The Mekong Delta is the hub of biodiversity in the Asia Pacific region, known for the large number of endangered species in recent years and 1,000 new species discovered during the last decade.


The Biosphere Reserve Zone would be an effective measure to cope with the climate change by conserving biodiversity as well as cultural and traditional values, Tri of the National Committee of the Programme on Vietnam People and Biosphere, noted.


Specific measures to ensure biodiversity in coping with climate change in the Delta will be presented at an international seminar on Biodiversity and Climate Change on June 24 in Rach Giá city.


The United Nation has chosen this year as the year of Sustainable Development and Biodiversity.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Protecting the environment and biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Protecting the environment and biodiversity


QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A grand meeting was held in Quang Binh province to mark World Environment Day (June 5) in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Party officials, provincial leaders, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Fatherland Front Central Committee.


Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity.


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it.


Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life”. This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said.


Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work. Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity and the ocean is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, Minister Nguyen noted.


Regarding the negative impact of climate change on global warming and rising sea levels, the Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, stressed that due attention should be paid to combating climate change and increasing the effectiveness of island and sea management to help Vietnam become a powerful sea-born economy.


Vietnam has cooperated with other countries in protecting the environment and ocean, as well as coping with climate change for human development.


After the grand meeting in Quang Binh, President Triet and other delegates planted trees on major roads in Dong Hoi city.


More than 500 youth union members also took part in sanitation work along Nhat Le beach.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Protecting the environment and biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Protecting the environment and biodiversity


QĐND – Saturday, June 05, 2010, 21:13 (GMT+7)

A grand meeting was held in Quang Binh province to mark World Environment Day (June 5) in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Party officials, provincial leaders, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Fatherland Front Central Committee.


Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity.


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it.


Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life”. This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said.


Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work. Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity and the ocean is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, Minister Nguyen noted.


Regarding the negative impact of climate change on global warming and rising sea levels, the Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, stressed that due attention should be paid to combating climate change and increasing the effectiveness of island and sea management to help Vietnam become a powerful sea-born economy.


Vietnam has cooperated with other countries in protecting the environment and ocean, as well as coping with climate change for human development.


After the grand meeting in Quang Binh, President Triet and other delegates planted trees on major roads in Dong Hoi city.


More than 500 youth union members also took part in sanitation work along Nhat Le beach.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam responds to year of int’l biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm




Vietnam responds to year of int’l biodiversity


QĐND – Friday, June 04, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has focused on raising public awareness of biodiversity along with enhancing capacity and international cooperation on biodiversity conservation in response to the international year of biodiversity.


Duong Thanh An, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Biodiversity Conservation Department, was speaking at a seminar on the international year of bio-diversity and the programme to carry out the biodiversity law which was held in Dong Hoi city, the central province Quang Binh, on June 3.


The event, held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, drew the participation of representatives from relevant central and local agencies as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the German organisation for technical cooperation (GTZ) in Vietnam.


Delegates highlighted the goal of the campaign to raise awareness on biodiversity and impacts of biodiversity degradation. They reviewed the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals on biodiversity committed by heads of nations at the summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg in 2002.


At the event, acting director of the biodiversity conservation department Le Thanh Binh mentioned the global issue of climate change, saying in Vietnam, the exploitation, use and smuggling of bio-diversified resources are alarming.


He said it is necessary to educate the biodiversity law to all people, especially those living in and around wildlife reserves.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam actively takes part in biodiversity preservation

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm




Vietnam actively takes part in biodiversity preservation


QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

An international seminar on preserving forest biodiversity is being held in Ba Vi, Hanoi on May 21-22, as part of activities in the UN International Year for Biodiversity 2010.


The discussion focused on the situation, role and challenges of forest biodiversity in Vietnam, as well as a new financial mechanism for forest biodiversity, including reimbursement for biodiversity.


Sharing experiences in sustainable preservation of forests in Vietnam are on the agenda at the seminar.


Vietnam ranks 16th in the world in terms of biodiversity but the country has seen its biodiversity and ecological systems, especially in tropical forests, degrade seriously in the recent past due to different causes, including population increase, pollution and climate change.


The country’s primeval forests, home to many rare and precious animal and plant species, have shrunk in both acreage and quality, leading to the decrease in number of species living there.


Hua Duc Nhi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said that over the past years, the forestry sector has exerted great efforts to preserve biodiversity. A preservation fund was established and two decrees were issued to regulate the management of special purpose forests and payments for environmental services.


With assistance from the international community, Vietnam has established 2.2 million ha of special purpose forests including 160 forests representing the most important inland, wetland and sea ecologies. As a result, a large part of primeval forests and many animal and plant species have been protected.


Juergen Hess, Co-Chairman of the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) said that the seminar was an FSSP initiative to prove its commitment and contributions to global efforts in biodiversity preservation, particularly those in Vietnam.


The same day, over 300 students of the Doan Thi Diem primary school in Hanoi planted trees for the Green Wave programme and the UN International Year for Biodiversity.


The Green Wave programme, launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Secretariat, aims to provide knowledge and skills to young people in Vietnam and around the world about the role of biodiversity today and in the future.


Source: CPV/VOV


Source: QDND

NA brings forward draft laws on Biodiversity, High-Tech

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2008 at 11:24 am

HA NOI — The National Assembly discussed the draft Law on Biodiversity and another draft of the High-Tech Law on Saturday.


Most of the deputies said that the Law on Bio-diversity was necessary to preserve and develop bio-diversity, and identify the rights and duties of organisations, families and individuals.


Nguyen Dinh Quyen from Ha Noi said the draft law only regulates the responsibilities of organisations, households and individuals in the country, as well as overseas Vietnamese, foreign organisations and individuals relevant in preserving and developing bio-diversity in Viet Nam.


It did not refer to the responsibilities of the State. He said it was necessary to identify the State’s responsibilities first, then those of organisations and individuals.


Ha Thanh Toan from Can Tho City said the draft should be more specific to direct People’s Committees of communes to complete their tasks.


Ngo Van Minh from Quang Nam Province said it was necessary to make the terms of the document concrete, so that it would be implemented quickly.


Hoang Van Loi from Bac Giang Province said that many cases of wild animal trafficking were taking place with help by staff of preservation areas, and that the law needed to address this problem.


High-Tech Law


Regarding the draft High-Tech Law, most NA delegates said they agreed with it, and that it could be submitted for approval during this NA session.


They discussed some of the draft’s content including the State policy, development of human resources in relevant fields, application and development, and priority policies.


They said the State’s policies should affirm the key role of high-tech in building the country’s science and technology capability.


Nguyen Thi Mai from Ninh Thuan Province, Nguyen Minh Thuyet from Lang Son Province and some other delegates said that the draft still did not identify goals, tasks, specific measures, and responsibility of the State, organisations and individuals in developing technologies.


Mai said the draft law should establish priority policies to attract overseas Vietnamese to develop high-tech fields.


Today, the NA will continue to discuss the draft Law on Civil Servants, and the draft Law on Road Traffic. —

Biodiversity law to involve local residents

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2008 at 10:56 am

Hanoi (VNA) – The latest draft of Vietnam’s first Biodiversity Law was discussed at a meeting jointly organised by the National Assembly’s Committee of Science, Technology and Environment and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

A key feature of the bill is that it integrates pro-poor principles which recognise that biodiversity conservation and development can not be successful without the support and participation of local communities.

“Biodiversity and natural resources have been critically important for the majority of the Vietnamese population as they provide basic needs and livelihoods for people, particularly the rural poor,” said Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Deputy Country Director in Vietnam.

The 2008 edition of the Vietnam Red Book reveals that the number of endangered species of fauna and flora has increased to 880 from 700 in 2000. Key causes include over-exploitation of forests, shifting agricultural cultivation, loss of arable land, water pollution and degradation of coastal areas.

“The Biodiversity Law is an effective legal instrument to prevent biodiversity declination, to conserve precious plants and animals, and to serve the sustainable social and economic development of the country” said Dang Vu Minh, Chairman of the committee.-

CEPF helps conserve biodiversity hotspots in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2008 at 11:49 am

Hanoi (VNA) –The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) will help conserve biodiversity hotspots in Vietnam as part of its new funding plan for civil society-engaged biodiversity conservation in Indochina .

With 9.5 million USD for five years, the CEPF will also preserve biodiversity hotspots in Cambodia , Laos , Thailand and parts of China .

Talking with the Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily, CEPF Grant Director John Watkin said the CEPF will give top priority to the northern highlands limestone corridor in the border area between Vietnam and China , where special importance is placed on the conservation of primates.

Watkin named the northern provinces of Cao Bang, Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang, adding that the area is also of global significance for floral preservation as it boasts many rare and unique species of plants and the region’s richest assemblages of conifer species.

Joining in the talks, John Pilgrim, Conservation Advisor from BirdLife International in Indochina, which is the CEPF’s collaborator in the work, said Vietnam is home to 14 biodiversity hotspots, mostly in the northern mountainous region.

He pointed out that most of biodiversity hotspots in Vietnam are threatened by logging, hunting and development projects despite the Government’s preservation efforts.

Pilgrim said a majority part of the 9.5 million USD CEPF will go to non-governmental organisations and community groups as they will act utmost in conservation work.

Apart from coordinating with the CEPF in preserving biodiversity hotspots in Vietnam , BirdLife International has provided the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with information on endangered species and recommendations for the making of the law on biodiversity.

The CEPF is a joint initiative of Conservation International, l’Agence Française de Développement , the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. Its main purpose is to get civil society engaged in biodiversity conservation.

Indochina boasts one of the world’s largest and most diverse flora and fauna system, however it is seriously pressured by economic development, increasing human population, over-exploration of minerals and is identified as one of the globe’s 34 biodiversity hotspots.

The region has 28 biodiversity hotspots and 67 faunal species and 248 floral species needed to be conserved.-