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Viet Nam-Germany biodiversity project launched

Update: December, 09/2010 - 10:05

Firefighters practise extinguishing a blaze in Na Hang National Forest. A Viet Nam-German project to preserve Viet Nam's forest biodiversity was launched in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngo Lich

Firefighters practise extinguishing a blaze in Na Hang National Forest. A Viet Nam-German project to preserve Viet Nam's forest biodiversity was launched in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngo Lich

HA NOI — A joint US$3.96 million Viet Nam-German project to preserve the biodiversity of the country's forests was launched in Ha Noi yesterday.

The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry and the German government's organisation for international technical co-operation in sustainable development, GTZ, have commissioned the project.

The project would focus on improving the laws to protect biodiversity and clarify responsibility and co-ordination among Government agencies, said Deputy Agricultural and Rural Development Minister Hua Duc Nhi at the launch.

It was expected to improve institutions and personnel as well as the financial technical, and legal conditions necessary to ensure biodiversity.

Although Viet Nam was ranked 16th in the world for biodiversity, its ecosystems, especially tropical forest, faced degradation from population growth; inefficient management; limited co-operation and non-multi-sector access, he said.

The ministry's Nature Conservation Department director Tran The Lien said people were reportedly settled in 80 per cent of 2.2 million hectares of Viet Nam's protected forests.

Their hunting and felling of trees threatened biodiversity, he said.

But a lack of both money and land made it difficult to arrange their resettlement.

The Nature Conservation Department, which answers to the ministry's Forestry Directorate, and GTZ will be responsible for the project.

Pilot work will begin in the Ba Be National Park, northern Bac Kan Province; Na Hang Nature Reserve, northeastern Tuyen Quang Province; Pu Hu and Bu Luong Nature Reserves, central Thanh Hoa Province; and Bach Ma National Park, central Thua Thien-Hue Province, and their buffer zones.

The project will research and implement innovative financing designed to secure sustainable conservation and improve the livelihoods of the local population. — VNS

Viet Nam, RoK boost forestry co-operation

Ha Noi – Viet Nam's deputy agriculture and rural development minister said he hoped South Korea would continue to share its experiences in forestry management, particularly in the afforestation of coastal and desert areas to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Hua Duc Nhi was speaking at the fifth session of the Viet Nam-RoK Forestry Co-operation Committee in Ha Noi yesterday.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Ngoc Binh, deputy head of MARD's Forestry General Department, said he hoped the RoK would become involved in the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) for deeper and more effective co-operation.

Yoon Young-kyon, director general of the Forest Resources Policy Bureau at the Korea Forest Service, said his country had significant experience in afforestation. In 30 years, the country planted 10 billion trees, increasing forest coverage to 65 per cent against the earlier loss of 68 per cent of its trees, he said.

Viet Nam's forest coverage has risen from 35 per cent in 2004 to more than 39 per cent in 2009. However, forest quality has decreased. In the meantime, Viet Nam is one of countries likely to be hardest hit by climate change. — VNS

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