VIETBIO: Goals and Background

Key factors for Sustainable Development

The inventory and assessment of the enormous diversity of organisms and their interactions in the tropics are an essential precondition for the sustainable utilization of biological resources and for sustainable development. Progress in modern biodiversity science through continuously developing of new methods and technologies will be a key factor for species-rich countries such as Vietnam to effectively assess and use its biodiversity as a resource, while the lack of relevant expertise and limited availabilities of technologies continue to pose a major challenge.

Transnational collaboration with sharing of technologies and information is thus both a requisite and a chance for achieving and understanding of the complexity of biodiversity and the ecosystem services. Such knowledge will be fundamental for a sustainable utilization of biodiversity in the widest sense, and for the transformation of economy into a modern bioeconomy.

Two birds

Relevance for international Biodiversity Goals

VIETBIO has immediate relevance for the international biodiversity goals, to develop solutions to conserve biodiversity and to ensure the permanent availability of essential ecosystem services by devising sustainable utilization strategies (Aichi Targets 2011–2020, CBD & UNEP 2010). In this spirit VIETBIO goes beyond pure biodiversity research and will support users and decision makers in Vietnam by making newly generated data and knowledge directly and openly available. This will also support Vietnam’s aim to become a full member of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Reciprocal Benefits

The German-Vietnamese collaboration will benefit both sides: it provides access to new biodiversity data and samples from Vietnam and valuable experiences for German researchers, and for the Vietnamese partners it will provides access to modern technology (research equipment purchased within the project will be transferred to Vietnam) and know-how through an extensive training program. The gain in expertise for the Vietnamese partners and the upgrade of their research equipment will enable them to become equal partners for taking full part in international research programs not just for sustainable biodiversity inventory and monitoring, but also in all related disciplines (systematics, evolutionary biology, biogeography, forestry, agriculture, etc.).