Forum on protecting Mekong Delta opens in Can Tho
An open-ended forum on preserving nature and local culture in the Mekong Delta while allowing sustainable development in the region started up in Can Tho City Friday.
At the first seminar, Professor Doan Canh of the Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Tropical Biology, warned that the regionís renowned diversity was threatened by excessive exploitation without regard for the consequences.
He said it was time to shift from exploitation for development to a preservation strategy for development.
The forumís organizers are the Steering Board for the Southwestern Region, UNESCOís Man and the Biosphere Program, Can Tho University and the World Wildlife Fund.
They will use the forum to build databases of biodiversity and traditional cultures in the Mekong Delta, and seek funding for developing creative ideas in the regionís national parks, nature reserves and biosphere reserves.
Reported by Chi Nhan