Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Director General of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Marco Lambertini discussed cooperation programmes on environmental and nature protection between the two sides during their virtual talks on July 13.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha speaks at the talks (Photo: VNA)
They focused on issues relating to developing and implementing the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) and the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).
The two sides also discussed preparations for Vietnam’s participation in the 15th meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15), the 26th meeting of Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (NFCCC COP26), and the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), while proposing cooperation and support for implementing the initiative “Leaders' Pledge for Nature”.
Lambertinis highly valued the Vietnamese Government for taking concrete and pioneering actions in the region to build policies on nature preservation, saying that WWF is building a global goal on nature.
He expressed his belief that Vietnam will support WWF’s goals of and show its views more clearly at the COP15.
The Minister said Vietnam has developed policies and taken actions relating to nature, such as regulations on biodiversity in the newly-approved environment law, and one billion tree planting.
He suggested WWF share experience and new models with Vietnam, expressing his belief that the fund will be a bridge to promote cooperation between countries to jointly realise common goals.
Minister Ha said countries attending the upcoming COP15 need to make scientific calculations, and analyse the value of long-term benefits to make policies and development models, and balance the interests of people with those of nature, thus applying worldwide and in each region and country.