At a recent forum about global warming effects on biodiversity, Dr. Hoàng Nghĩa Sơn, Director of the Institute of Tropical Biology of Âu Lạc warned of the threats facing the nation’s mangrove forests. With salt water already encroaching and sea levels expected to rise at least one meter by the end of this century, more than eight national parks and 11 nature reserves would be flooded, destroying many species of plant and animals.
At the same forum, Dr. Lê Anh Tuấn of Cần Thơ University's Natural Resources and Environment Department emphasized that other effects of climate change such as rising temperatures, irregular rainfall, and increasingly extreme weather is also negatively affecting wetland biodiversity.
Many thanks, Dr. Lê Anh Tuấn, Dr. Hoàng Nghĩa Sơn and all associates for your voiced concern about this urgent situation.
Let us act now in treading more lightly on the planet so that the beautiful flora and fauna of Âu Lạc and the world may continue to flourish. In a July 2009 interview published in the Irish Sunday Independent, Supreme Master Ching Hai, as on previous occasions, likewise spoke of the critical need for action to preserve life in the Mekong Delta and the world.