Experts examine growing threat to Vietnam’s dwindling biodiversity

VietNamNet Bridge
25 May 2015

Viet Nam’s struggle with its degrading biodiversity was the top concern expressed by experts at a meeting commemorating International Day for Biological Diversity at Botanical Garden, Ha Noi, on Friday (May 22).

Every year some 3,700 to 4,500 wild animals are killed for consumption, decoration, medicinal purposes, as well as for domestication. The overexploitation of marine resources has put 80 per cent of the country’s coral reefs at risk of extinction, while destructive methods followed by the fisheries industry threaten the country’s marine ecosystem.

From 2010 to 2014, almost 15,000 cases were registered for violation of the country’s forest protection laws and regulations, according to statistics from the Department of Biological Diversity under the Viet Nam Environment Administration (VEA).

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