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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Snake-hunting rampant in protected Vietnamese forest

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

By Tuoi Tre News

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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Tuyệt chủng hàng loạt lần thứ 6 trên trái đất đang diễn ra, các nhà khoa học cảnh báo

English: Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

Các nhà nghiên cứu nói về “sự huỷ diệt sinh học” khi nghiên cứu chỉ ra hàng tỉ loài vật đã biến mất trong những thập kỷ gần đây.

Theo nghiên cứu, “sự huỷ diệt sinh học” ở động vật hoang dã trong những thập kỷ này chính là sự tuyệt chủng hàng loạt lần thứ sáu trong lịch sử trái đất và nó đang tiếp tục diễn ra nghiêm trọng hơn nhiều so với lo sợ trước đây.

Các nhà khoa học phân tích cả 2 loại loài vật phổ biến và quý hiếm và tìm thấy hàng tỷ quần thể địa phương và khu vực đã biến mất. Điều này là hệ luỵ của sự phát triển dân số và tiêu dùng quá mức con người. Các nhà khoa học cũng cảnh báo rằng sự tuyệt chủng này đe doạ sự sống còn của nền văn minh con người, và chúng ta chỉ còn một khoảng thời gian ít ỏi để hành động.
Continue reading “Tuyệt chủng hàng loạt lần thứ 6 trên trái đất đang diễn ra, các nhà khoa học cảnh báo”

Dong Nai moves to protect black-shanked douc langurs

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The Forest Ranger Sub-department of southern Dong Nai province has completed a project to protect the black-shanked douc langurs found recently on Chua Chan mountain, in Xuan Loc district.

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A family of black shanked douc langurs lives in Nui Chua National Park

The project, which will be submitted to the People’s Committee for approval, aims to create a favourable habitat and feeding area for the langurs, scientifically known as Pygathrix nigripes, an endangered species to help them grow in number.

Functional agencies will minimize human presence in the langur-inhabited area of around 24 hectares and take measures to prevent illegal hunting as well as communicate to help the community understanding the mission of protecting wild animals. Continue reading “Dong Nai moves to protect black-shanked douc langurs”

40 black shanked douc langurs found in Dong Nai

Last update 11:37 | 12/07/2017

Some 40 black shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes), divided into three herds, have been found living on Chua Chan Mountain in southern Dong Nai Province’s Xuan Loc District.

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A family of black shanked douc langurs lives in Nui Chua National Park.

This is the highest number of black shanked douc langurs found in the area. The black shanked douc langur belongs to group 1B – the group of endangered species that needs priority protection under Vietnamese regulations.

The discovery was made when the local forest management and relevant agencies conducted searches on the mountain after they were informed by locals about the appearance of black shanked douc langurs in the area. Continue reading “40 black shanked douc langurs found in Dong Nai”

Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

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Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act. Continue reading “Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn”

Canada fisherman killed by whale moments after rescuing it from net

Joe Howlett helped to rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope and was struck by the mammal afterward

Joe Howlett helped rescue a Young right whale tangled in fishing gear in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.
Joe Howlett helped rescue a Young right whale tangled in fishing gear in Canada’s Bay of Fundy. Photograph: International Fund for Animal Welfare
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A Canadian lobster fisherman who saved dozens of endangered whales after they became tangled in fishing nets has been killed – moments after a last successful rescue.

Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, boarded a vessel off the province’s eastern coast on Monday to help rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope. Continue reading “Canada fisherman killed by whale moments after rescuing it from net”

Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam

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HANOI: Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tonnes of ivory hidden among boxes of fruit, officials said Sunday, the latest haul to spotlight the country’s key role in the global wildlife smuggling trade.

Police in the central province of Thanh Hoa found 2.7 tonnes of tusks inside cartons on the back of a truck that was on its way to Hanoi, according to a report on their website. Continue reading “Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam”

Down in the dumps over a ‘natural’ compromise

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Update: July, 06/2017 – 09:40

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Earlier this month, the Environment Minister said “we can’t dump waste into the sea.”

More than understandable, given all the facts and dire warnings that were brought to the fore on World Oceans Day (June 8).

And no Vietnamese will ever forget what happened in April last year when steel maker Formosa discharged untreated effluents into the sea, killing millions of fish and disrupting, if not destroying, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people living on the country’s central coast. Continue reading “Down in the dumps over a ‘natural’ compromise”

Cyclists to challenge the Sơn Trà Mountain Race

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Update: June, 21/2017 – 17:00

A zigzag road of Sơn Trà Mountain offers scenic bike race for riders. — VNS Photo Công Thành

ĐÀ NẴNG — More than 100 amateur cyclists will partake in the Sơn Trà Mountain race on Sunday (June 25) promoting the protection of the red-shanked douc langur in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve.

Chairman of the city’s bicycling association Đỗ Anh Tuấn told Việt Nam News that the race aims to encourage local residents and tourists to help protect nature and wildlife in Sơn Trà Nature Reserve. Continue reading “Cyclists to challenge the Sơn Trà Mountain Race”

Taking care of turtles in Cúc Phương

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Update: June, 18/2017 – 09:00

Shell dweller: An Indochinese box turtle. Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Thu Thủy
Viet Nam News Nestled in the dense greenery of Cúc Phương National Park, a team of volunteers and staff work tirelessly to look after around 1,000 rare and endangered turtles. Lê Hương & Hồng Vân report.

Taking trays containing freshly ground paste of vegetables and fruit, Lina V. Wedel and Simon Brauburger head for nearby enclosures to feed the turtles, one of the important tasks they perform every morning. Continue reading “Taking care of turtles in Cúc Phương”

Have you ever seen so many elephants?

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Update: June, 18/2017 – 09:00

National heroes: Somewhere in the Central Highlands around 1963 as captured in a still frame by journalist Wilfred Burchett on a visit to the liberated zones of South Việt Nam. Photo courtesy of George Burchett

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In April 2015, I was invited by the Cercle des Francophones (Francophone Association) of Hà Nội to present the film Loin du Vietnam (Far from Việt Nam) at the Hà Nội Cinémathèque. The film was made collectively  in 1967 by some of the great names of new French cinéma: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, in support of Việt Nam’s resistance to US aggression.

I was familiar with the film, but decided to do some extra research for the occasion. Continue reading “Have you ever seen so many elephants?”