Prof. Dr Dang Huy Huynh has become the first Vietnamese to be honoured as an ASEAN Biodiversity Hero (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) – Prof. Dr Dang Huy Huynh, Chairman of
the Heritage Tree Council and Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Association for
Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), has become the first Vietnamese
to be honoured as an ASEAN Biodiversity Hero.

He is also one of the 10 persons receiving the ASEAN
Biodiversity Heroes Award on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary.

Huynh, 88, has spent more than six decades studying
biology, greatly contributing to biodiversity conservation in Vietnam and other
countries in the region. He is able to inspire the community to biodiversity
conservation and development and was recognised as one of the leading
scientists of Vietnam.

He has had a number of valuable scientific
works, including 154 studies published on prestigious Vietnamese and foreign
science magazines and 14 books on animals, ecology, biodiversity conservation
and environmental protection.

The scientist also played a significant role in
launching an annual workshop to share experience in biodiversity conservation
in Truong Son mountain range, which borders Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, along
with the VACNE’s recognition of heritage trees. These initiatives have received
major support from the community and domestic and foreign environmentalists.

Huynh also holds a number of important positions
such as President of the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources under
the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Chairman of the Vietnam
Zoological Society, and Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Society for Biology.

He made great efforts to help nearly 3,000 trees across
Vietnam to be recognised as heritage trees, the move that has significant
effect on preserving natural resources.-VNA