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”

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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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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

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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

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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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