Vietnam to have 41 biodiversity reserves by 2020

Viet Nam Net
26 September, 2013

For protection and sustainable development of the important natural ecosystems, species and rare genetic resources, Vietnam plans to establish 41 new biodiversity reserves by 2020.

On Tuesday the General Department of Environment introduced the National Strategy on Biodiversity to 2020, with a vision to 2030.

Under this strategy, in 2020, the area of on-land nature reserves in Vietnam will reach 9 percent of the national territory; the area of marine nature reserves to reach 0.24 percent of the sea area; the forest coverage to be 45 percent; to have 10 Ramsar sites, 10 biosphere reserves and 10 ASEAN heritage parks.

The agency also published the draft master plan for biodiversity conservation in the country. Accordingly, Vietnam will establish 41 new reserves with a total area of 775,000ha. In 2030, Vietnam will set up 23 more reserves. Vietnam currently has 148 nature reserves.

Mr. Pham Anh Cuong, chief of the General Department of Environment said that Vietnam is a country with high biodiversity in the world, with many types of ecological habitats. Vietnam is among the 238 priority ecoregions recorded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in which many endemic and endangered species being named in the Red Book of Vietnam and the ICUN.

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