Crop Biotech Update

Biodiversity Law Takes Effect July 2009

March 27, 2009

Six months after the National Assembly ratified the Law on Biodiversity, this law will finally take effect on July 1, 2009. This law was deliberated upon by over 150 Vietnamese and foreign experts in several fora and dialogues. A representative of the compilation board, Nguyen Van Tai, Director of the Institute for Natural Resources and the Environmental Strategy and Policy, said the law will unify management of biodiversity. At present, biodiversity management is stipulated in many laws, such as the Law on Forest Protection, Law on Environmental Protection and the Law on Aquatic Protection.

"The law include new contents such as approaching genetic sources and interest sharing, and control of harmful exotic creatures. These new inclusions are highly applauded by international organizations. We hope that the law will well enforce its goals," Tai said.

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