Alien species pose threat to Vietnamese wildlife

VietNamNet Bridge
23 November 2014

Viet Nam must improve its ability to control invasive alien species (IAS), participants said at a workshop on Wednesday in Ha Noi.

IAS refers to animals or plants introduced accidentally or deliberately into a new environment that pose serious threats to native plants and animals.

Managing IAS in Viet Nam has become increasingly difficult in recent years due to increased international commerce and globalisation. Moreover, the country’s ability to control IAS is limited by the lack of regulations on first-time imports of plants and animals, as well as the lack of clear guidance on how to deal with IAS once they enter the country, according to the Biodiversity Conservation Agency under the Ministry of Resource and Environment.

The agency recommended through evaluation before introducing any new species into the country, in addition to a review and revision of the 2008 Biodiversity Law and greater co-operation from ministries and local authorities in responding to threats posed by IAS.

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