To celebrate the first IBD in Vietnam, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) GmbH - on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) – supported a series of events focused on biodiversity and climate change. The main objectives were to raise public awareness and to enhance the political attention of the country’s key development issues – in order to initiate concrete steps for better biodiversity conservation and for more effective adaptation to climate change.

Initially on May 19th, a “Biodiversity Action Day” took place in Tam Dao National Park, about 70 km from the capital Hanoi. More than 700 Vietnamese and international participants learned about the biodiversity within the park, as well as the threats facing this unique mountainous rainforest ecosystem. The visitors participated in a variety of activities such as: 250 students joined a bicycle tour from Hanoi to the National Park, tree planting to decrease carbon emissions, guided forest-tours and art and music events in the park.

The Action Day also incorporated a symposium on “Biodiversity and Climate Change”, on the 22-23 May. More than 200 representatives discussed the consequences of climate change, biodiversity loss as well as possible adaptation strategies in Vietnam. National and international media largely covered both events.

The events were organized in close collaboration with the German Development Service (DED), the Secretarial of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).More...

For further details please see:

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme