A forum held in Tan An city, Long An province, on June 13 discussed the promotion of environmental protection and biodiversity in submerged inland eco-system areas in the Mekong Delta.

Held by the World Wildlife Fund, the event brought together a crowd of domestic and foreign experts who discussed improving sustainable livelihood models in the region.

Participants discussed regional planning and the management of aquaculture resources, while proposing plans to build and perform regional strategies in the above-mentioned fields.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen urged relevant ministries and sectors and the regional localities to raise public awareness about using sustainably ecological services in submerged areas to conserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change.

He also stressed the need to conduct investigations and gather statistics on natural resources, especially biological ones, in submerged areas in the region.

The regional localities should foster international links in the environmental field and effectively use foreign assistances to protect biodiversity, Tuyen suggested.

The Mekong Delta region, with about 3.9 million ha of submerged area, is the largest plain in Vietnam, and is home to over 17 million people.

The region’s food output accounts for over 50 percent of the entire country, and 90 percent of Vietnam’s total rice production for export. Large aquaculture zones are also located here, helping the country become one of the biggest aquatic product exporters in the world.-VNA