Hanoi (VNA) – Experts gathered at a
workshop in Hanoi on August 22 to discuss a project on management of natural
resources and biodiversity preservation in socio-economic development.
Nguyen The Dong, Deputy Director of the Vietnam
Environment Administration (VEA) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environment said the project will be piloted in Dong Nai, Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An,
and Tay Nghe An nature reserves.
According to Tran Huyen Trang from the
Biodiversity Conservation Agency of VEA, the project will focus on completing
legal documents and policies incorporating natural resources management and
biodiversity preservation goals in socio-economic development and enhancing
capability of law enforcement.
Various activities will be piloted in the nature
reserves to ensure sustainable use of natural resources, management of nature
reserves and biodiversity-friendly development.
Harald Leummens, Chief Technical Advisor from
the United Nations Development Programme Vietnam said the initiative will
develop a mechanism to ensure cooperation among relevant agencies, enhance the
capability of the nature reserves and promote communications.
Local experts suggested the project’s
feasibility be evaluated in terms of schedule, resources, structures and
commitments made by stakeholders.
Truong Quang Hoc from the Vietnam National
University Hanoi underlined the need to integrate conservation work in economic
development in nature reserves, local development plans and other projects.
It is necessary to develop an evaluation and
supervision system, Hoc added.
Vietnam has nine nature reserves recognised by
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.-VNA