HANGZHOU, July 7 –  A training course for endangered wild animal and plant protection officials from Asian countries was held at the National Bamboo Research Center in Hangzhou on June 26. The training course was organized by the Ministry of Commerce and undertaken by the bamboo research center and the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office.

Meng Xianlin, executive deputy director of the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office, Li Yanquan, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Forestry, as well as officials from the Zhejiang provincial forestry bureau, the department of international cooperation of the State Forestry Administration, the General Administration of Customs and the Zhejiang provincial department of commerce were present at the opening ceremony of the training session.

Meng Xianlin said the situation for global protection of wild animals and plants was grave and the tasks for implementation of international conventions were very challenging. Meng hoped that the training session would help the participants have a better understanding about China’s achievements in the protection of wildlife and plants and lay a solid foundation for strengthening cooperation in the protection of wild animals and plants and the implementation of international conventions in Asia.

Li Yanquan briefed the participants on the academy’s achievements in forestry researches and international cooperation in the past years. He said the bamboo research center is an important platform for the academy to carry out international cooperation, particularly with developing Asian countries.

Amir Maharjan, an official for forestry and soil conservation from Nepal, expressed thanks to the organizers on behalf of all participants.

Twenty-five officials and experts from North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Thailand and Sri Lanka attended the opening ceremony.

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