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|The ribbon cutting ceremony to open the exhibition|
At the opening of the exhibition held on May 18 at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Antonio Alessandro, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam, said that the exhibition displays the results of 10 years of scientific collaboration between Italy and Vietnam in the field of biodiversity and it is particularly meaningful.
According to Tran Tuan Anh, vice president of the Vietnam Academy of Science, Vietnam ranks the 16th in the world in terms of biodiversity. On Earth, there are about 1.3 million known living species, of which insects account for nearly 80 per cent.
“Unfortunately, the disappearance of many plants and animals, of which insects make up the majority, due to deforestation, environmental pollution, and global warming, is still going on and with increasing speed. Every day, many species are becoming extinct, many of which are still unknown to us. Raising people's awareness and taking action are the only solutions to conserve nature and protect the living environment in a proper and appropriate way to reduce the loss of biodiversity,” said Anh.
"Scientific diplomacy” is an important pillar, along with the economic, cultural, and political ones, to strengthen the image of Italy in Vietnam – and the exhibition, which will be open till June 18, is a typical example.
The co-operation in science, technology, and innovation between Italy and Vietnam has been gathering momentum over the past years and has received strong support from both the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.
The bilateral co-operation is based on a three-year bilateral protocol, according to which the two sides jointly select a number of projects of great relevance to be implemented during the triennium. The call for the 2020-2022 triennium was launched in March and will be open till the end of this month.
Thanks to the 107 MoU’s currently in force between Italian and Vietnamese academic and scientific institutions, a significant number of new projects are expected to come.
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