Pretoria — The South African Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, has met with her Vietnamese counterpart, Dr Bui Cach Tuyen, to thrash out ways to bolster cooperation in controlling illegal wildlife trade.
The Vietnamese delegation will stay in the country for four days to learn 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 the signing on 6 May 2013 of an implementation plan in terms of the MoU on cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection that was signed in Hanoi, Vietnam, in December 2012.
The implementation 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 and compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).