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

26 March 2014


South Africa and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have been meeting from 24 March to discuss areas of mutual concern in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Management.

The commitment to improving cooperation in controlling the illicit wildlife trade, including rhino poaching, has formed an important part of the working visit to South Africa by a high level delegation from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

The 20-member delegation is headed by the Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Assoc Prof Bui Cach Tuyen. The visit to South Africa follows after the signing on 6 May 2013 of an Implementation Plan in terms of the Memorandum 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 Closing session of the meeting on 28 March 2014 to be addressed by the Director-General of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nosipho Ngcaba.

The details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: Friday, 28 March 2014

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

Time: 11:00 for 11:30

To RSVP contact:

Raymond Ramaru
Tel: 012 310 3990


Eleanor Momberg
Tel: 012 395 1884
Cell: 083 400 5741

For media queries please contact:
Roopa Singh
Cell: 082 225 3076