Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vo Tuan Nhan said that the day is being celebrated for the first time in Vietnam and many other countries, affirming the significance of sustainable lifestyle in harmony with the environment.

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He said that in order to create the legal foundations for the management and protection of the world biosphere reserves, for the first time, regulations on the establishment of the spaces, the nomination for the title and the management and environment protection in the areas have been included in the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and guiding documents.

In Vietnam, the world biosphere reserves have become sustainable socio-economic development models of the host localities, he said.

However, the official also pointed out a number of difficulties in the management and development of the areas, and highlighted the need for central agencies and localities with biosphere reserves to join hands in promoting the values and important role of the spaces, and calling for community engagement.

To date, Vietnam has 11 UNESCO-recognized world biosphere reserves covering about 14.69% of the country’s total natural area.

According to UNESCO, biosphere reserves have shown that it is possible to live in this world while also establishing a sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature.

The International Day for Biosphere Reserves is an invitation to take inspiration from the solutions already implemented in these spaces to build genuinely sustainable development everywhere, with full respect for nature and for the living world. It was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in its 41st session.

Source: VNA