Viet Nam celebrated this year’s International Biodiversity Day on 22 – 23 May in collaboration with IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and other international environmental organizations.
The celebration was held in ThuaThienHueProvince and comprised of a book launch, a technical workshop on biodiversity conservation of the Truong Son range, a biodiversity photo exhibition and a field trip to Bach Ma National Park, a biodiversity hotspot in the region.
The celebration also marked the 20th anniversary of the Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) and 15 years of establishment and development of the Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency (VEPA). IUCN has been working closely with these two leading environmental organizations of Viet Nam since it arrived in the country.
IUCN’s support to Viet Nam dates back to the early 1980s, when IUCN started providing technical assistance to the Government of Viet Nam in preparation of the first National Conservation Strategy in 1984 -1985 and in the development of the First National Plan for Environmental and Sustainable Development for 1991-2000. The Viet Nam Country Office was established in 1993 after Viet Nam became a member of IUCN.
Of late, IUCN also lent support to Viet Nam for its participation in the 9th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity which is currently held in Bonn. IUCN has provided technical assistance in the preparation of the country’s report on the Convention implementation and recommendations.
Viet Nam is working on its Biodiversity Law with technical support from IUCN. The Law is currently considered by the National Assembly and expected to be approved later this year.