Celebrate International Day for Biodiversity Day today

May 22, 2013

“Mother’s Love” wins the first prize of the photo and logo design contest on Biodiversity in Viet Nam. Photographer: Le Minh Ngoc

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.

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Photos of celebration activities

UNDP Country Director in Viet Nam, Louise Chamberlain, calls for concrete actions to halt biodiversity loss in Viet Nam
Students are biking to generate awareness for wildlife conservation
Colleagues from UNDP and Viet Nam Environment Administration at the display of the winning logos
Interesting chat with the first prize winner, Le Minh Ngoc from Binh Thuan province in the south central coast
"Mother’s Love” wins the first prize of the photo and logo design contest on Biodiversity in Viet Nam
“Ladder rice field”, second prize photo, taken by Dao Quang Minh in Yen Bai northern mountainous province
"Under shade of cajuput forest”, second prize photo, taken by Huynh Kim Hai at U Minh national park in the southernmost province of Ca Mau
Seeing the beauty of nature through photos on display at Ha Noi Botanical Garden
learning why wildlife need protecting