VACNE Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Sinh (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Association for the Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) convened its seventh congress for the 2018-2023 tenure in Hanoi on November 26 and marked its 30th founding anniversary.

The congress elected a 130-member central executive committee and Nguyen Ngoc Sinh was re-elected as its chairman.

As of late December 2017, its total number of chapters rose to 200, which helped with raising public awareness of environmental protection and fighting legal violations in the field.

With the involvement of ecological scientists, VACNE has made active contributions to national environmental goals via scientific studies, technological transfer, technical consultations, and the launch of sustainable production models.

It also offered feedback on the construction of a section of the Ho Chi Minh Road that runs through Cuc Phuong and Phong Nha-Ke Bang national parks during 2001-2002, and the Son La hydropower plant in 2000-2002.

Seminars on global climate change and Vietnam’s response, as well as biodiversity preservation in Truong Son Range were also held to raise opinions on the 2013 amended Law on Environmental Protection, the Law on Biodiversity, the Law on Environment Taxation, and a number of legal regulations on environmental protection and sustainable development.

Since the launch of the Vietnam Heritage Trees event in 2010, VACNE has recognised over 2,000 heritage trees from 70 different species, contributing to sustainable socio-economic development and biodiversity preservation.

In the coming years, VACNE will continue making practical contributions to ecological protection and climate change response towards the goal of eco-friendly, sustainable growth in the country. –VNA