Workshop held on values and solutions to conserve biodiversity

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Workshop held on values and solutions to conserve biodiversity
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NDO – A scientific workshop on the values and solutions needed to conserve biodiversity in the Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago was held by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on August 24, in Hai Phong city.

As part of the activities under the framework of the Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA), a three-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the event aims to create an opportunity to determine the outstanding values (OUV) of Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago, update biodiversity data and information, focusing on the less studied group of organisms; to discuss the necessary measures to manage and protect the biodiversity in Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago.

In June, 1974, in accordance to a request made by Hai Phong city, a group of three of the world's leading experts came to Cat Ba to conduct a survey and evaluate the current status of OUV, focusing on geological and diversified biologic values in the area. It was part of the process of preparing a nomination for the extension of Ha Long Bay, including the Cat Ba Archipelago and the results of the survey were presented at the workshop.

At the workshop, local scientists also presented their research on biodiversity in the underground caves and saltwater lakes in Ha Long - Cat Ba, which have created the natural characteristics of Ha Long Bay – Ca Ba Archipelago; discussed species such as amphibians, reptiles, bats and other less studied species, as well as management issues.

The workshop is expected to be a good opportunity for delegates to discuss and reaffirm the importance of preserving OUVs in the Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago.

Launched in 2014, with funding from the USAID, the HLCBA initiative aims to build a partnership mechanism between the state, businesses and the community, whilst promoting environmental conservation and protection activities in the Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago.