Speaking at the workshop, Dr Phung Huu Phu, Standing Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Theoretical Council, stressed the urgent need of the work, which is vital to the country’s sustainable development.

At the workshop. (Photo: dangcongsan.vn)

Not only mass media, social networks, and cultural and community activities but also civil servants and Party members must play a role in communications on behavioural change to protect wildlife, he said.

He highlighted the responsibility of civil servants and Party members, particularly those in leading positions, of setting a good example in this regard, which is decisive in improving the effectiveness of such communications.

It is important to change people’s behavior towards nature, from “conquering” to “co-existing”, in order to promote a love for and the protection of nature, Phu said.

The outcomes of the workshop will be used to develop consulting reports on the protection of wild flora and fauna for the conservation of biodiversity, to be submitted to Central Party agencies, he added.

USAID Deputy Director Bradley Besire expressed his hope to further strengthen cooperation with relevant authorities in Vietnam to accelerate awareness campaigns on eliminating demand for wildlife and cease illegal trade and use.

Speakers delivered presentations on several issues regarding the management and conservation of wildlife in Vietnam; trade in endangered and rare wild flora and fauna; the system of legal regulations on the protection of wild flora and fauna; and solutions to improving the effectiveness of communications on the protection of wild flora and fauna; among others.

Source: VNA