The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) always attaches importance to taking measures to protect endangered wildlife, Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen said on May 22.

At a Hanoi meeting in response to the International Day for Biological Diversity, which falls on May 22, Tuyen said that the illegal consumption and trading of wild animals is a threat to Vietnam’s biodiversity, adding this year’s day, themed “protecting endangered animals”, aims to raise community awareness about the problems.

According to Anjali Acharya, leader of the World Bank’s Environment Team, the alarming decrease in the number of wild animals is attributed to the smuggling and illegal consumption of species.

She voiced her pleasure about Vietnamese youngsters’ attention to wildlife protection and believed that they will contribute greatly to intensifying biodiversity preservation.

On the occasion, the organising board honoured 17 individuals for wining a competition themed “teenagers and actions for wildlife” jointly held by the ministry’s General Department of Environment and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee.

The winning works include video clips and short essays that have become valuable material for the youth union’s campaigns aimed to raise public awareness of wildlife protection.-VNA