Environmentalists review VN wetland conservation efforts (18-01-2006) Viet Nam’s wetlands play vital roles in the lives of the people living in surrounding areas and the overall socio-economic development of the country, according to a report from the Viet Nam Environmental Protection Agency (VEPA). Researchers including VEPA, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Sweden International Development Agency (SIDA) used an interdisciplinary approach to analyses of reliable and up-to-date data. The outcome of the report, called Overview of the Status of Wetlands in Viet Nam 15 Years after the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention, recognises that wetland ecosystems must be preserved and developed in sustainable manners. The report could serve as a valuable resource for policy makers, researchers, post graduate students and others whose work was related to wetlands, said Tran Hong Ha, head of VEPA. Ha also mentioned that the report represented a cadence for conservation and wetland management trends in Viet Nam over the last 15 years, and it presented recommendations for the country’s future wetland management. Viet Nam’s wetlands possess a wide range of resources and biodiversity and function as important social, economic and cultural assets. There are more than 10 million hectares of wetlands found in almost all…
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