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The GeGermany funds Vietnamese biodiversity preservationrman Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) met in Hanoi on December 6 to review the implementation of a German-funded Vietnamese forest biodiversity preservation project.

The meeting marked the three-year project’s successful completion. It was instigated to develop the staffing, institutional, technical, financial, and legal support necessary for preserving biodiversity in Vietnamese forest ecosystems.

The meeting heard the project established legal and policy frameworks, financing mechanisms, and encouraged more effective coordination and cooperation. In doing so, it helped the MARD devise a national capacity development plan for the Vietnam Protected Areas system.

The project also investigated alternative non-State financing, worked to improve the efficient deployment of public funds, and elevated both institutional and individual expertise in biodiversity conservation and protected areas management.

Meeting attendees said the lessons learnt during the project will provide the initial springboard for a new January 2014 GIZ cooperation programme focusing on forest conservation and the sustainable use of forest resources.

(VOV)

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