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Mekong Delta Needs Environmental Policy to Address Biodiversity Issues

June 17, 2011

The Cuu Long ( Mekong ) Delta in Vietnam needs an adaptable environmental policy to cope with current decreasing biological diversity and declining natural resources. "Investment in biological preservation equates to investment in the future. The environmental protection policy has to be current with development trends in the region," said Bui Ngoc Suong, deputy head of the Southwestern Steering Committee, at the recent third Natural and Cultural Conservation Forum for Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Sustainable Development in the southern province of Ben Tre.

Around 200 delegates from 13 regional provinces, universities, research institutes and foreign organizations participated in the forum, co-hosted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Ben Tre People's Committee in celebration of World Environment Day on June 5.

Nguyen Hong Tri, general secretary of the Vietnam National Committee for Man and Biosphere, stressed the need to adapt new management strategies that involve a systematic process of developing knowledge and continually improving project development by learning from previous projects and their outcomes.

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