The ecosystem-based approach (EBA) in bio-diversity conservation was discussed at a regional seminar in Hanoi on October 15.

The event was jointly held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Swedish Embassy with the participation of representatives from regional countries such as China, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, MoNRE Deputy Minister Associate Prof. Dr. Bui Cach Tuyen said the event aims to share experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation based on the ecosystem, thus helping Vietnam build relevant policies.

Participant also discussed cooperation opportunities in this field between countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, he said.

The project was funded by the Swedish Embassy through the Partnership Development Cooperation (PDC) programme with partners including the Vietnam Environment Administration, the WWF, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stockholm University of Sweden.

Lasting from June 2012 to November 2013, the project aims to popularise EBA to climate change into biodiversity conservation in Vietnam. Under the project, a pilot model will be established in the southern province of Ben Tre.

According to Raji Dhital from the WWF, climate change has potential impacts on biodiversity. In the Greater Mekong Sub-region, from 133 to 2,835 species of flora and from 10 to 213 species of spinal fauna are in danger of extinction.

She underlined the need to restore mangrove forests and develop forestry in a sustainable development approach to fulfil the purpose of ecosystem-based climate change adaptation.-VNA