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Friday, May 24, 2013

Activities mark International Biodiversity Day

This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) with the theme “Water and Biodiversity” was celebrated in Hanoi on May 22, highlighting the roles biological diversity and eco-systems play in water security and sustainable development.
Addressing the celebration, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen underlined the need to intensify biological diversity preservation, revamp the relevant legal systems, and implement the national strategy for biodiversity through 2020, with a vision for 2030.

Developing state management agencies, enhancing socialization and international cooperation in this field are also a must, Tuyen said.

Vietnam has been recognized globally for its wide range of biologicaldiversity and is one of the countries that has prioritized protecting worldwide biological diversity.

The country has also actively implemented international conventions on preserving biological diversity, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Vietnam’s eco-systems and biological resources play an important role in the culture and national economy, helping to ensure food security, and maintain animal and plant genetic resources to provide fuels and medicines.

An exhibition on biodiversity of central Da Nang city opened at the city’s museum on May 22, which coincided with the International Day for Biological Diversity.

By displaying pictures, specimens and publications on indigenous endangered flora and fauna, typical medicinal and ornamental plants, and environment-themed films, the first-ever exhibition aims to give the alert on threatened species and raise public awareness in protecting the city’s biodiversity.

The exhibition, which is jointly organized by the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Frankfurt Zoological Society from Germany and the Greenviet Biodiversity Conservation Centre, will last until June 5.

On the same day, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Environmental Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment hosted an award ceremony for a photograph and logo design contest on the theme of Vietnam’s biodiversity.

The winners were chosen from 352 works of 140 authors across the country from March to April, 2013. They include one first prize and four second prizes for each category, two third prizes for the photography category and four consolation prizes.
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