Biodiversity management all in a muddle

Vietnam Net Bridge
18 December 2013

There are three outstanding problems in biodiversity management in Vietnam – the legal framework, budget for biodiversity conversation and the wildlife trafficking.

The participants at the workshop discussing the major issues in the biodiversity conservation held on December 13 all agreed that the current biodiversity management mechanism is “tangled like bamboo shavings.”

The provisions about biodiversity conversation can be found in the Biodiversity Law, the Forest Protection and Development Law, Fisheries Law and the Environment Protection Law. Meanwhile, there is no clear demarcation about the functions, rights and duties allocated to relevant agencies, which has led to a lot of problems in the law enforcement.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) takes the responsibility of managing forests, sea, inland waterways, wetlands, while the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) acts as the state management agency for biodiversity. Meanwhile, biodiversity relates to many areas, from the forests, sea, wetlands to rivers.

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