Dong Thap (NAV) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature in Vietnam (WWF-Vietnam) organized a high-level forum on February 18 on a new approach to managing sustainable agricultural landscapes in Dong Thap province in the Mekong Delta.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh, WWF Global Director Prasanna De Silva and Chairman of People’s Committee of Dong Thap Pham Thien Nghia co-chaired the forum which was held in person and online .
In his address, Mr. Doanh affirmed the determination of the national agricultural sector to achieve the goal of green, transparent and responsible growth, saying that agricultural transformation will focus on ecological agriculture, modern rural areas and farmers. .
Vietnam is one of the 16 countries in the world with the greatest biodiversity. However, like many other countries, Vietnam faces increasing biodiversity degradation, especially in agriculture.
The official stressed the importance of the multi-sectoral approach and the sustainable management of agricultural landscapes to ensure the health of populations and protect the planet.
For his part, De Silva pointed out that the biodiversity of the Mekong Delta has been seriously damaged by climate change and people, and suggested that the Vietnamese government establish action plans that integrate different elements such as vision, policy, sustainable financial mobilization and intervention at a level large enough to maintain and restore the ecosystem.
Sustainable food production systems are one of the fundamental solutions to face current challenges, he said.
Delegates to the event looked at models of sustainable agricultural landscapes around the world and offered financial and management solutions to ensure sustainable agricultural landscapes in Vietnam.
The suggestions should help Vietnamese decision-makers and relevant agencies to define action plans for the sector./.