An August 15 seminar in Hanoi has warned the 80% reduction in Vietnamese mangrove forest area and 96% of coral reefs seriously damaged over the past five decades pose significant threats to the country’s biodiversity.
The seminar, the fourth of its kind, was jointly held by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) and Korean Society Environmental Impact Assessment.
Participating experts and scientists from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Vietnam raised their concerns regarding animal and plant poaching in Vietnam and the steady degradation of water resources that result in unbalanced biospheres.
RoK delegates shared their experiences in evaluating environmental impact, a prerequisite for effective environmental management.
They introduced the core concepts of environmental zoning plans and biodiversity conservation and discussed measures to reduce repercussions arising from climate change.
They also highlighted the environmentally deleterious side-effects of mining and seaport operations and proposed safety and efficiency measures for Vietnamese maritime oil and gas projects.
VACNE President Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, stressed the necessity of up-to-date environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental evaluations. Vietnam has made progress in these areas over the last 20 years, he said, and is also considering fine-tuning its Law on Environmental Protection.
Other delegates learned about the RoK experience in evaluating the environmental impact on construction and transport projects and industrial zone planning, alongside protecting natural ecosystems and preserving biodiversity.