A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on biodiversity conservation in border areas was inked on May 12 during a conference between the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of northern Cao Bang province and China’s Guangxi Environmental Protection Department.

Conference attendees included representatives from Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) along with a number of experts in the field.

Under the MoU, the two sides will establish a cooperative mechanism and a long-term strategy for trans-boundary biodiversity conservation, research and supervision as well as build and manage a network of trans-boundary biodiversity corridors.

Additionally, they will work together to improve the capacity of government workers in biodiversity preservation and in raising public awareness of the issue.

Speaking at the conference, Vice Chairman of the Cao Bang provincial People’s Committee Dam Van Eng said biodiversity conservation should support locals to ensure their livelihoods and engage with their rights in environmental protection initiatives.

Cao Bang is home to a wide range of endangered fauna and flora, including medicinal plants. It has two natural reserves, Phja Oac-Phja Den Natural Reserve in Nguyen Binh district and Cao Vit Gibbon Reserve in Trung Khanh district.

The locality shares a border line with China’s Guangxi province which has rich biodiversity and has impressive achievements in biodiversity conservation. The two have been working together to preserve biodiversity in the border areas, particularly to protect endangered Cao Vit gibbons.-VNA