Celebrate International Day for Biodiversity Day today
Ha Noi - The theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “Water and Biodiversity”. Water underpins the health of our ecosystem, and therefore biodiversity. As ecosystems regulate the availability of water, as well as its quality, conservation and restoration are vital activities to ensure water security. Water is life. It underpins our human well-being, including the security of our food, drinking water and sanitation, as well as most of our economic activities.
Viet Nam has made major efforts to conserve biodiversity. However due to illegal and unsustainable exploitation, nearly 900 species are at risk of extinction, and at least 10 have already disappeared from Viet Nam, including the Javan rhino. Viet Nam needs to speed up implementation of its policies and focus on concrete actions, including developing a sustainable financing mechanism for protected areas system and establishing a sub-system of wetland protected areas.
Viet Nam celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity with a number of activities to raise public awareness, including a photo and logo contest and a forum on innovations.
Photos of celebration activities
- Come on UNDP... stop being elitist! Earlier today, a group of landowners from Namosi, Bua, Tailevu, Naitasiri and Navosa walked into a UNDP funded workshop on Extractives for Fiji Parliamentarians at the Pearl Resort. The landowners who were made up of mostly members of the Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee and Kauwai Network were disappointed that the week-long programme had allowed all stakeholders including the Namosi Joint Venture to participate but glaringly excluded them. Ten members including women and youth walked into the Pearl Resort's refreshment area and individually approached specific MPs to present letters of concern and relay their disappointment on their exclusion. "UNDP has allowed NJV to speak at this workshop as resource people. Why not us?," said a TNLC member who approached MP, Salote Radrodro. "We should be here to present a balanced view of how mining can affect communities," he said. The group that walked into the workshop said they were received well by MPs, Salote Radrodro, Prem Singh, Semesa Karavaki, Rokini Kiliraki from Opposition and Goverment MP, Joeli Cawaki. "We were very lucky that the MPs were willing to receive our letters and spent some time discussing these with us." Another group of men, women and youth stood outside the resort with Fiji Flags and home made fans with messages on the need for inclusion of landowners and communities. "UNDP should really learn to practice what it preaches. Where are their values of accountability and transparency now? That retreat does not include the voices of landowners, the stewards of the environment?" "We have to be there. Who will speak for our children? Our future generation? Why only talk about the profits that mining brings? We should also be discussing how mining affects the environment!" 32 minutes ago
- I have organized an I.P communities.. We would to ask a help for a livelihood program..this a SEC registered org.. 45 minutes ago
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