HCMC – The UK has committed to coordinate with Vietnam to protect endangered wild animals and global biodiversity, according to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Thérèse Coffey.
As part of her visit to Vietnam, the secretary on April 13 paid a visit to the Cuc Phuong National Park in the southern province of Ninh Binh, where the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife – SVW, a Vietnamese non-profitable organization conducting programs to save the lives of and protect endangered wild animals, is headquartered.
The UK Government also gave SVW one million pounds to combat the illegal trade of pangolins in Vietnam.
Coffey sought to know the challenges and opportunities of handling wildlife trafficking in Vietnam, including law enforcement, the decline of consumption demand and changes in behavior.
She underlined the important role of non-governmental organizations in the conservation of wildlife and the combat of trafficking pangolins, asserting the UK’s commitment in cooperation with Vietnam to preserve endangered wild animals and global biodiversity.
Earlier, the two countries signed a memorandum to deploy programs under the UK’s Biodiverse Landscapes Fund in Vietnam, which focus on encouraging livelihood models and sustainable agriculture, green infrastructure, boosting eco-tourism and combatting wildlife trafficking.