Vietnam has been recognized as a nation with high biodiversity and is one of the countries on the list of priorities for global conservation, said Dr. Pham Anh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Biodiversity Conservation Department at an international symposium on biodiversity in Hanoi on Nov. 17.
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The diversity in terrains, ecosystems, scenery and climate creates the diversity of the whole ecosystem, species and gene sources in Vietnam, he said.
Participants at the symposium agreed that to strengthen biodiversity conservation in the 2011-2015 period, authorised agencies should continue completing a legal framework for the work and building a national strategy on biodiversity conservation by 2020.
The experts also emphasized the need to continue boosting international cooperation in the field through technical assistance, technological transfer and information sharing activities.
In the terrestrial ecosystem, Vietnam has defined over 13,200 species of flora and more than 10,000 species of fauna. More than 3,000 species of organisms in water have been found in submerged land areas.
The country’s sea with 20 special ecosystems is a living environment for over 11,000 species of marine creatures.