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South Africa and Vietnam meeting to strengthen cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection

20 March 2014

 

The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi will deliver the welcoming address at the Opening of a meeting between South Africa and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Pretoria on 24 March 2014.

The commitment to improving cooperation in controlling the illicit wildlife trade, including rhino poaching, will be part of the focus of a working visit to South Africa by a high level delegation from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam between 24 and 28 March 2014.

The 20-member delegation, headed by the Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Assoc Prof Bui Cach Tuyen, will be learning from South Africa’s experience in biodiversity conservation and management, particularly with regards to wildlife and protected area management.

The visit to South Africa follows after the signing on 6 May 2013 of an Implementation Plan in terms of theMemorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection that was signed in Hanoi, Vietnam, in December 2012.

The action plan was developed, and is being implemented, in accordance with the nature of the MoU.  It is aimed at promoting cooperation between the Parties in the field of  biodiversity management, conservation and protection, law enforcement, compliance with CITES, technology transfer, and other relevant legislation and Conventions on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

Media are invited to attend the Opening session of the meeting on 24 March 2014.

The details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: Monday, 24 March 2014 

Venue:   Premier Hotel, 573 Stanza Bopape Street (formerly Church Street), Arcadia, Pretoria

Time: 08:00 for 08:30

To RSVP contact:

Raymond Ramaru
Tel: 012 310 3990
E-mail: rramaru@environment.gov.za

Or

Eleanor Momberg
Tel: 012 395 1884
Cell: 083 400 5741
Email: emomberg@environment.gov.za

For media queries contact

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871