Vietnam will hold various activities during June 4-6 in the northern Bac Kan province to respond to World Environment Day (June 5) and International Forest Year 2011, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) Bui Cach Tuyen said.

The events, aimed at enhancing awareness on protection of the environment, forests and biodiversity, will include an exhibition on Vietnamese forests, a seminar on protection of submerged areas and biodiversity, artistic performances and the presentation of the Vietnam Environment Award, plus a ceremony to launch a national contest on composing songs about the environment, Tuyen added.

Especially on June 5, the Ba Be (three lakes) site in Bac Kan province will receive a UNESCO certificate of inclusion in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar), becoming Vietnam 's third Ramsar site.

On the occasion, Party, Government, ministry and local officials will also take part in various activities to respond to World Environment Day.

Scientists and businesses nationwide will propose and implement programmes and projects on environmental protection, especially those relating to sustainable forest plantation and protection./.