Vietnam advocates making local people responsible for nature preservation to effectively protect their forests.

Hua Duc Nhi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development made the statement at a national conference to announce the government’s decree on special-purposed forest management that will come into force on March 1.

According to Nhi, the Decree No.117/ND-CP ensures harmony between national law and international conventions, help to deal with the overlapping of regulations in managing natural resources as well as promote better coordination between State agencies in biodiversity preservation.

Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Forests said that as a developing country, Vietnam faces many challenges such as the degradation of biodiversity in special-purposed forests, illegal timber exploitation and wildlife trading that leads to the extinction of many rare species while forest planning and management work is still out of control.

However, over the past decades, with efforts made by the Vietnamese government and support from international community, Vietnam has so far planted a total acreage of 2.2 million hectares of special-purposed forests.

At the conference, Juergen Hess, coordinator of the natural resources management programme of the German International Cooperation Agency pledged continued support to Vietnam in natural resources management.

He also agreed that the new decree would help to preserve biodiversity more effectively./.