A training conference to enhance the management of harmful invasive foreign species in Vietnam was held by the Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) at the Vietnam Environmental Administration (VEA) in northernmost Ha Giang province on May 14.

Attendees included representatives from the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, nature reserves and several relevant bodies in northern Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang provinces.

Invasive non-native species have been a major cause of biodiversity loss across the globe, BCA Deputy Head Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan said, adding that the management of such species was part of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and in the interest of many state governments.

During the conference, the BCA gave participants a brief introduction to invasive foreign species and possible measures to control them coupled with policies, legal frameworks and responsibilities of each agency and body in managing invasive foreign species.

The participants also shared their practical experience and recommended solutions to strengthen management.

According to Hoang Van Nhu, Director of the Ha Giang provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the department will advise the provincial People’s Committee to devise policies and legal frameworks on exotic species control and ensure sufficient capable local level personnel to address the matter.

The province will work to raise public awareness of the issue, particularly among local ethnic minority groups, and open doors to international cooperation on biodiversity, he pledged.-VNA