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Promoting Cooperation on Environmental and Scientific Issues in Viietnam


Viietnam
December 12, 2008

Date: 11/28/2008 Location: Vietnam Description: Assistant Secretary McMurray speaking to officials at the Ho Chi Minh city. State Dept Photo
State Dept Photo/Nov 21, 2008/Vietnam
November 18 – 22, 2008

Assistant Secretary Claudia A. McMurray visited Vietnam from November 18-22 to promote US interests and cooperation with Vietnam on environmental and scientific issues. Two specific goals were to highlight the importance of cooperation on climate change research and mitigation, and to encourage efforts to preserve wildlife as well as combat illegal wildlife trafficking.

On November 19, Assistant Secretary McMurray met with officials at the Ho Chi Minh City forest protection sub-division, environmental police, and customs officials.

In Can Tho City on November 20, she participated in an inauguration ceremony of the Delta Research and Global Observation Network, or “DRAGON” Institute, at Can Tho University. The DRAGON Institute will bring together Vietnamese and American scientists to cooperate on climate change research and mitigation, as well as other environmental research.

Assistant Secretary McMurray then traveled to Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province on Friday, November 21 to see first-hand local efforts at conservation of forests and wildlife. In Cat Tien, she visited U.S. and international wildlife projects including a bear sanctuary, a gibbon rehabilitation center, a reforestation area sponsored by Winrock International, and primate research conducted by University of Colorado experts.

In Lam Dong, she met with the ạ Tẻh People’s Committee to discuss sustainable development, and visited a manufacturer of bamboo furniture and handicrafts where the workers are trained by Winrock International.



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