The Vietnam Environment Administration held a seminar entitled “The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020” in Hanoi on March 17.

At the event, the delegates discussed priorities of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Vietnam ’s orientations as well as issues in biodiversity planning and preservation.

Dr. Pham Anh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Biodiversity Preservation Department outlined activities of preserving biodiversity from now until 2020, saying that these activities must draw the participation of community and socio-political organisations in localities.

Dr Cuong also informed participants about outcomes of the tenth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (COP10) that took place in the Japanese central city of Nagoya with 16,000 delegates from 193 parties and partners taking part.

COP10 aims to complete negotiations for the new Strategic Plan on Biodiversity for the next 10 years and visions to 2050.

Issues relating to the access to biodiversity and sharing of benefits, climate change, finance, economic tools were debated at the conference./.