THE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 26/2002/QD-BKHCNMT
Hanoi, May 08, 2002
 
DECISION
APPROVING THE PROGRAM ON RAISING BIO-DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE 2001-2010 PERIOD
THE MINISTER OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No.22/CP of May 22, 1993 on the tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment;
Pursuant to the Prime Minister’s Decision No.845/TTg of December 22, 1995 approving Vietnam’s Plan of Action on Bio-diversity;
Pursuant to the Government Office’s Official Dispatch No.6287/VPCP-KG of December 24, 2001 addressed to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, notifying the Prime Minister’s decision to promulgate a number of legal documents related to the environmental protection work;
At the proposals of the director of the Environment Department and the director of the Legal Department,
DECIDES:
Article 1.- To approve the Program on raising bio-diversity awareness in the 2001-2010 period.
Article 2.- To assign the Environment Department to coordinate with the concerned ministries, branches and localities in organizing the implementation of the Program.
Article 3.- This Decision takes effect 15 days after its signing.
Article 4.- The director of the Environment Department, the director of the Ministry�s Office, the director of the Legal Department, the director of the Planning Department, the director of the Finance and Accounting Department, and the concerned units shall have to implement this Decision.
 
PROGRAM
ON RAISING BIO-DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE 2001-2010 PERIOD
(Already approved in Decision No. 26/2002/QD-BKHCNMT of May 8, 2002 of the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment)
Bio-diversity constitutes the base of life, prosperity and sustainability of mankind as well as the earth as a whole. Nevertheless, human beings have been over-exploiting this natural resource, resulting in the degradation of ecological systems, the depletion of bio-diversity sources, even the destruction of that invaluable natural resources, in order to meet their ever-increasing demands. To protect the environment and to conserve bio-diversity in service of our life are the responsibility of everyone and have become burning issues in society, directly affecting every individual as well as the entire mankind community all over our planet. The environment- and bio-diversity conservation-related issues are of both State and social nature. The settlement of environmental protection and bio-diversity conservation-related issues at present and in future depends on the level of awareness of policymakers as well as the people’s knowledge, the attitudes and behaviors of people of all social strata.
In Vietnam, the Plan of Action on Bio-diversity, approved by the Prime Minister under Decision No.845/TTg in December 1995, asserted that it is a must to raise awareness of the value of bio-diversity in social life, supply necessary information on bio-diversity to the leadership at all levels, promote potential, train personnel and build a national bio-diversity database network.
Directive No.36/CT-TW of June 25, 1998 of the Political Bureau of the Vietnam Communist Party Central Committee on intensifying the environmental protection work in the period of national industrialization and modernization also confirmed that it is a must to "constantly educate, propagate and build the habit, lifestyle and mass movements to participate in protecting the environment."

The Program on raising bio-diversity awareness in the 2001-2010 period aims to concretize activities of raising bio-diversity awareness as defined in Vietnam’s Plan of Action on Bio-diversity and Directive No.36/CT-TW mentioned above.

 

  FOR THE MINISTER OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT
VICE MINISTER




Pham Khoi Nguyen