WWF report: Vietnamese, Chinese tourists blamed for wildlife trafficking

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HÀ NỘI — A major driver of the illegal wildlife trade in the Golden Triangle – the border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar – is tourists from Việt Nam and China.

This was one of the conclusions of a report released on Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund to highlight ten of the Most Widely Traded Endangered Species in the markets of the Golden Triangle.

The tourists are believed to travel to areas such as MongLa and Tachilek in Myanmar, and border areas such as Boten and the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos. Continue reading “WWF report: Vietnamese, Chinese tourists blamed for wildlife trafficking”

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More than 6,000 South Africa lion skeletons exported to Southeast Asia

Lions stand by a large ruler during photo-call for the annual weigh-in at London Zoo. File picture: REUTERS/NEIL HALL

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More than 6‚000 lion skeletons have been exported from SA to Southeast Asia in the last decade. The bones come mainly from lions killed in canned hunting — animals bred in captivity and shot by paying hunters — according to research led by a University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) academic.

More than half the lion skeletons‚ skulls‚ claws and teeth exported by SA go to Laos‚ with the rest going to Vietnam and Thailand‚ says Vivienne Williams of Wits.
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Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

 
Ponso, the only surviving chimpanzee of a colony of 20 apes, sits in a tree on Chimpanzee Island in Ivory Coast, where the ape population has plummeted by 90 percent in just two decades AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO

MANILA: Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday (Oct 28).

Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Continue reading “Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention”

Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study

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Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life

Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification
Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace

If the outlook for marine life was already looking bleak – torrents of plastic that can suffocate and starve fish, overfishing, diverse forms of human pollution that create dead zones, the effects of global warming which is bleaching coral reefs and threatening coldwater species – another threat is quietly adding to the toxic soup. Continue reading “Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study”

Bird watching in Thung Nham bird sanctuary

Last update 09:00 | 04/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – For those who love nature and adventurous bird watching trips, Thung Nham (Birds valley) in Ninh Binh is the best place for your experience while traveling to Hanoi. Besides watching birds, you can also explore the caves in the mountains as well as visit orchard of tropical fruits, including star fruit, mangoes, guavas and lychees.

Thung Nham (Nham Valley) eco-tourism zone is located in Hoa Lu District, 12km south of Ninh Binh City (100km from Hanoi), deep in the mountains and far from residential area. The 350ha park has been developed for tourism but still retains its natural beauty. Continue reading “Bird watching in Thung Nham bird sanctuary”

New project to preserve ancient red pine trees in Quang Ninh

Last update 11:38 | 03/10/2017

The Prime Minister has approved a project to preserve ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Uong Bi city of the northern province of Quang Ninh.

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The ancient red pine trees at the Yen Tu National Forest in Quang Ninh province (Photo: http://www.laodong.vn)

The project will be implemented at a cost of about 26.26 billion VND (1.16 million USD) in 2017-2021.

The funding will be used to care for the 237 living red pine trees, upgrade infrastructure of existing nursery gardens, cultivate seedlings of the species and collect red pine trees that grow in the wild. Continue reading “New project to preserve ancient red pine trees in Quang Ninh”

Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: Government

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A Japanese whaling ship leaves the port of Shimonoseki in December 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jiji Press)

TOKYO: Japan said on Tuesday (Sep 26) it killed 177 whales off its northeast coast in an annual hunt that sparks anger among animal rights activists and others.

Three ships which left port in June returned with 43 minke whales and 134 sei whales, the number stipulated beforehand, according to the country’s fisheries agency. Continue reading “Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: Government”

Vietnamese media lauded for role in wildlife protection

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Update: September, 22/2017 – 20:38

Madelon Willemsen, head of TRAFFIC’s Việt Nam office delivers speech at World Rhino Day seminar organised by TRAFFIC and behaviour change communication company, Intelligentmedia, on Friday in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Thanh Hải

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese media was lauded for playing an important role in promoting the protection of threatened wildlife, heard a seminar held in Hà Nội on Friday to reveal how media houses can incorporate social responsibility into their work and contribute to combatting wildlife crime. Continue reading “Vietnamese media lauded for role in wildlife protection”

Đà Nẵng fails to comply with PM order on Sơn Trà Reserve

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Update: September, 14/2017 – 09:00

More than 1,300 red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathryx nemaeus), which are critically endangered and found only in east-central Laos and Việt Nam, live in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve. — Photo courtesy GreenViet

Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — The administration of the central city of Đà Nẵng has failed to comply with the Prime Minister’s request for detailed plans to resolve the clash between the need to preserve the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve and the accelerated tourism development at the site, former and current officials say. Continue reading “Đà Nẵng fails to comply with PM order on Sơn Trà Reserve”

Chàm Island saves threatened turtle

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Update: August, 31/2017 – 18:32

Turtle haven: Green turtle eggs are laid at nests on the beach of Chàm Island in Quảng Nam Province. It’s the first stage of the endangered turtle species conservation programme in the island. — VNS Photo Lê Xuân Ái

Viet Nam News QUẢNG NAM  — The Chàm island’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) management board started conservation of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) by hatching 450 eggs taken from Côn Đảo Island on August 30.

Lê Xuân Ái, a researcher, told the Việt Nam News yesterday that the first generation of the endangered turtle would be released to the sea in the next two weeks. Continue reading “Chàm Island saves threatened turtle”

Snake-hunting rampant in protected Vietnamese forest

Snake hunters have been risking their lives in order to make a living

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September 5, 2017, 11:34 GMT+7

Snake-hunting rampant in protected Vietnamese forest
The hunters wade across streams throughout the night to stalk on snakes and other wild animals. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A number of ethnic minority men from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have been making a living hunting snakes, including venomous ones, in a strip of forbidden forest for over a decade now.

As night falls, men from the Chau Ma and S’tieng ethnic minority groups will leave their hamlets inside a strictly protected area of Cat Tien National Park and head toward the springs. Continue reading “Snake-hunting rampant in protected Vietnamese forest”

Hungry wild elephants hurt domestic ones

Last update 16:40 | 31/08/2017

Shrinking and degrading wild elephant habitats in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have led to a shortage of food and more conflicts between wild and domestic animals, according to Director of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre Huynh Trung Luan.

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Degrading wild elephant habitats in Dak Lak province have led to a shortage of food and more conflicts between wild and domestic animals.

The locality has witnessed five conflicts between wild and domestic elephants since March. The wild animals, in group of six to seven, have reportedly been approaching forest ranger stations and residential areas to search for food and attack domestic ones. They hurt seven animals of the centre and killed another in Krong Na commune, Buon Don district. Continue reading “Hungry wild elephants hurt domestic ones”

First Vietnamese recognised as ASEAN Biodiversity Hero

Last update 14:29 | 24/08/2017

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.

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Prof. Dr Dang Huy Huynh 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. Continue reading “First Vietnamese recognised as ASEAN Biodiversity Hero”

New book describes the fight to protect Son Tra Nature Reserve

VietNamNet Bridge – Son Tra Nature Reserve, just 10km away from downtown Da Nang, is home to incredible biodiversity, but rapid development threatens the plant and animal life there. The story of the local people fighting to protect Son Tra has never been told — until now.

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The cover of Ky Su Son Tra (Notes of Son Tra). The book on the history and rich biodiversity of the Son Tra Nature Reserve, by Bui Cong Dung, will be published this September.

Bui Cong Dung will publish a 320-page book, Ky Su Son Tra (Notes of Son Tra), on the history and rich biodiversity of the Son Tra Nature Reserve this September.

The local-born writer told Viet Nam News the Notes had been written in the five months since the illegal construction of a villa project was discovered by local residents in March 2017. Unfortunately, the villa project was not unprecedented: over the past two decades, development has encroached on the reserve.

Son Tra is known for its rich biodiversity, with 287 animal species and 985 plant species. Since 1977, the reserve has shrunk from more than 4,400ha to 2,500ha to make room for dozens of resorts and hotels in the area.

Dung said the Notes focuses on efforts made by generations of Da Nang people to protect the uniquely rich biodiversity in Son Tra Peninsula during wars and peace. It also describes how local people have fought against property developers seeking to exploit natural resources in the reserve – which is home to more than 1,300 endangered red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus).

Dung, 67, has previously published five books, including three novels in topic of anti-corruption in the last five years. The latest novel, The Dug-out, was published in 2015.

Josh Kempinski, director of Fauna and Flora International (FFI), said in the book’s foreword: “With its rich biodiversity, Son Tra is really a unique place in the world that Da Nang should protect. The city could develop tourism from the rich biodiversity and sustainable development of the reserve. The development plan of the Son Tra that is based on nature conservation is common in the world. But all actions and activities in the area must respect the natural value and the interaction of people and nature.”

Dan Ringelstein from the US-based Skidmore, Owings & Merill Planning and Architecture company wrote in the foreword: “Too many resorts and restaurants were built in the Son Tra mountainside. The Son Tra is a sensitive site of Da Nang. The city has many land areas to develop before thinking of building in the Son Tra. You should respect the Son Tra Mountain as a national treasure, a place to conserve endangered wildlife species and a centre of biodiversity research.”

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Author Bui Cong Dung of Da Nang Writers’ Association. — Photos courtesy of Bui Cong Dung

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