Dr. Bui The Duy, Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology is leading a delegation to participate in the 10th Vietnam – United States Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology (JCM 10) that takes place in the US Department of the State in Washington, DC during October 15-17, 2018. Vietnamese participants include officials and scientists from Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

Cooperative activities since JCM 9 in Ho Chi Minh City in 2015 have been reviewed and new directions and projects for cooperation are proposed.

The areas covered in the JCM includes Health and medical sciences, Agricultural biotechnology, Conservation sciences, Innovation and entrepreneurship, and other highlights since JCM 9.

The Southern Institute of Ecology takes part in the Working group on conservation sciences. In this field, several activities have been initiated since JCM 9, such as meetings among and exchanged visits by scientists to develop projects on monitoring tropical forests, Lower Mekong Research and Conservation Initiative (including establishing museums in the Mekong region), technical support in museum collection for Vietnam National Museum of Nature in Hanoi, and hydrology models.

For JCM 10, new proposals in conservation sciences await for agreement and implementation include sustainable programmatic and financial support for the forest monitoring plot system developed by SIE/VAST including the 25-ha forest plot in Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park near Da Lat, extent to ecotoxicology, remote sensing, and monitoring of coastal environment, Lower Mekong data management, and integration of socio-economical and bio-cultural aspects as well as indigenous knowledge into conservation efforts.

Funding is considered one of challenges to realize projects proposed in JCMs and it is a subject for discussion in this JCM.

Luu Hong Truong/SIE

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