Mar 31, 2014 / 15:16

South Africa, Vietnam boost biodiversity protection

The Hanoitimes - Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen has affirmed Vietnam’s wish to step up all-round cooperation with South Africa, especially in biodiversity protection.

Working with Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabidfhasi as part of his trip to South Africa from March 21-29, Tuyen said the Vietnamese Government wants to bolster international cooperation in this field and the country has approved a national strategy and enforced a legal framework for biodiversity conservation.
Vietnam has adopted a number of international agreements such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR), Tuyen noted.

Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi praised the Vietnamese delegation’s visit as a combined effort by the two governments and people to deepen their partnership and realise the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Hanoi, and an action plan inked in 2013 in Pretoria regarding biodiversity preservation.
During its stay, the delegation also toured a number of South African agencies and natural reserves.