Only one in every seven wildlife seizures made in Vietnam in the past decade has resulted in convictions, a new report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency has found.
Low numbers of arrests and prosecutions highlight problems of weak enforcement and a lack of coordination between law enforcement agencies, the researchers said.
Three-quarters of the shipments originated from African countries, they found, with numerous large-scale seizures indicating transnational organized crime.
With pandemic-related restrictions easing, the worry is that the cross-border wildlife trade will come roaring back even as Vietnam struggles to follow up on investigations into past and current seizures.
Standing on top of a four-wheel drive looking out at a central Kenyan wildlife reserve wearing a bucket hat and walking boots, Trang Nguyen stands apart from most Vietnamese who prefer European charm and East Asian wonders for their holidays and photographic memories.
But Trang is no ordinary traveller.
The 31-year-old founder and executive director of WildAct, a Vietnamese conservation NGO, travels the world as a wildlife conservation scientist.
Vietnam has been ranked the 16th most biologically diverse country in the world! Diverse ecosystems provide clean water, soil stability, buffers against storms and climate shocks as well as a basis for tourism. Biodiversity conservation is an essential component of achieving sustainable, resilient development. This Biodiversity Week we are celebrating Vietnam’s biodiversity status with 16 facts!
BIODIVERSITY FACT 1
On the mainland, there are 15.986 species of flora and 10% among them are endemic species. As for fauna, or more commonly known as animals, there are more than 100 endemic species of birds alone, and almost 80 types of mammals! Vietnam is home to 30 National Parks with more animal species than popular safari destinations such as Kenya and Tanzania.
Losing their natural habitat and food source, red-crowned cranes no longer call a national park in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta home.
For three decades, Tram Chim National Park in the reed fields of Dong Thap Muoi in Dong Thap Province has been famous as a natural habitat for the large East Asian red-crowned crane, among the rarest in the world and classified “endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots” – the areas of the world that contain an exceptional concentration of species, and are exceptionally endangered. The region contains 20% of the planet’s vertebrate and plant species and the world’s third-largest tropical forest.
FROM THE OUTSIDE Nha Hang Lang Nghe, in Danang, looks like any other respectable restaurant in Vietnam. Tables are invitingly laid out in the shade of a lush garden, and festive traditional art lines attractive brick walls. Families laugh over hot pots, and businessmen clink glasses.
Yet the veneer of wholesome normality masks a dark truth: Critically endangered giant river fish are Lang Nghe’s signature dish. Although it’s illegal to sell them in Vietnam, signs at the entryway entice diners with photos of imperiled Mekong giant catfish (“tasty meat, rich in omega-3”) and giant barbs (“good for men”), while a video showing a 436-pound giant catfish being cooked and eaten plays on a screen inside. Advertisements on social media likewise boast of the delightful flavor of the enormous fish, and of their rarity. Tiếp tục đọc “Critically Endangered Giant Fish on Menu at Luxury Restaurants”→
Ai từng sống giữa những cánh rừng nguyên sinh mới hiểu được hết sự giàu có phong phú của đại ngàn, cảm nhận được vẻ đẹp hài hòa của sự cân bằng sinh thái mà con người được ban tặng từ Trái đất. Bây giờ, với số đông, điều đó chỉ còn thấy… trong phim hoạt hình, mà tài nguyên vẫn không ngừng bị tàn phá bằng rất nhiều thú chơi bạo tàn, chiếm đoạt.
Kỳ II- Những cuộc chơi đẫm máu muôn loài Phong trào chơi đủ bộ chim-hoa-cá-đá vài năm qua lan rộng, từ thành thị tới thôn quê, đâu cũng có những ngôi nhà treo lồng chim lủng lẳng. Sáng sớm thong dong thưởng trà, nghe chim hót dưới giàn phong lan, ngắm mảnh vườn nhung xanh điểm vài gốc bonsai lạ mắt quanh hồ cá cảnh, non bộ chất chồng những khối đá thạch anh, mã não… Tiếp tục đọc “Báo động thú ăn chơi hủy hoại môi trường và nhân tính”→
VietNamNet Bridge – For centuries, residents in Phuc Son Commune, central province of Nghe An have lived comfortably with wild elephants, but as bamboo forests – the main diet of many elephants – are replaced with industrial trees, things are changing. Many elephant herds are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive.
Elephants at the Pu Mat National Park in the central province of Nghe An. Many elephant herds in the province are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. — Photo: baonghean.vn
Last October, six wild elephants went on a rampage in a commune village and destroyed family crops.
An embankement of the Đa Phước International Urban Project is built on coastal Nguyễn Tất Thành Street, Đà Nẵng City. The project will be inspected by Government agencies for possible of violations. — VNS Photo Công Thành
ĐÀ NẴNG — The Government Inspectorate of Việt Nam (GIV) will begin inspection on the controversial Đa Phước International Urban project, along with all investment and construction projects on the protected Sơn Trà Peninsula.The inspection will consider land use and land management practices and forest and environmental protection on the peninsula, 10km from the city. Tiếp tục đọc “Inspection on Đà Nẵng’s projects begins”→
The ladder at the ‘Vietnamese Wall’ inside Son Doong. Photo: Oxalis
Quang Binh authorities have finally approved a plan to install a ladder inside the north-central province’s famous Son Doong Cave, allowing tourists to explore through out the world’s biggest natural cave instead of returning to exit after reaching its end.