Sustainable conservation, use of submerged areas
10:25 | 31/07/2019

VGP – The Government has issued Decree No. 66/2019/NĐ-CP on sustainable conservation and use of wetlands. 

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The Decree defines three principles including: 1-Conservation and use of wetlands must be realized based on the principle of getting access to the eco-system, ensuring maintenance of structural integrity, functions, ecological characteristics and biodiversity of submerged areas; 2- Enhancement of the role and participation of the population community living on and around the submerged areas and related sides on the sustainable conservation and use of the submerged areas and 3- Guaranty of a mechanism sharing benefits equally and reasonably on the rights and obligations of relevant sides in exploiting submerged areas eco-system service. 

Biodiversity conservation at wetlands encouraged 

The State calls on domestic and foreign organizations and individuals and population community to take part in such activities as follows:

1-Environemtnal protection, biodiversity conservation, protection of natural eco-system and migrant birds at submerged areas.

2-Recovery of crucial submerged areas, natural wetland eco-system that has been degraded and overexploited, maintenance and prevention of the changes on submerged eco-system characteristics.

3-Supervision of activities on crucial submerged areas; discovering and timely reporting to functional agencies legal violations on sustainable conversation and use of key wetlands.

4- Launching sustainable livelihood model on the environment, sustainable conservation and use of submerged areas and eco-tourism activities as regulated. 

The Decree regulates the conditions of establishing a submerged area, which is classified at national and provincial levels and defined as national parks, nature reserves, species-habitat conservation zones and landscape protection zones in line with the Law on biodiversity. 

Policy on investments in conversation and use of crucial wetlands 

The State has released an investment encouragement policy on sustainable conversation and use of important submerged areas as well as given priority to activities recovering the living environment for endangered, specious and rare species. 

The Decree will take effect since September 15, 2019. 

By Thuy Dung

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