Hợp tác sông Mekong: Hãy xới to vấn đề

TVNTheo như châm ngôn của Eisenhower về việc xới tung vấn đề để giải quyết nó, việc mở rộng hợp tác vượt quá khuôn khổ nguồn nước tiến tới năng lượng và các lĩnh vực tài nguyên khác sẽ mở ra những cơ hội mới cho hợp tác khu vực trên cơ sở có qua có lại và hiệp lực. 

Khi được hỏi về thành công của mình với tư cách là một người lính và một chính trị gia, Tổng thống Mỹ Eisenhower đã trả lời: Bất cứ lúc nào tôi gặp phải vấn đề không thể giải quyết, tôi luôn luôn xới to nó lên. Tôi không thể giải quyết nó bằng cách cố gắng ép nó nhỏ đi, nhưng nếu tôi làm cho nó đủ lớn, tôi có thể nhìn thấy bản phác họa của giải pháp”.

Cách tiếp cận của Eisenhower có thể tương tự với tình hình của sông Mekong ngày nay.

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Law on wildlife crimes takes effect, but enforcement still weak

Last update 07:30 | 21/03/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – On January 1, 2018, the 2017 amended Criminal Code with stricter provisions and heavier sanctions on wildlife crime took effect. 

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Criminals can be sentenced up to 15 years in prison

Criminals can be sentenced up to 15 years in prison and a pecuniary penalty of up to VND15 billion.

The first Criminal Code in 1985 only mentioned crimes related to forest management and protection and the illegally poaching of birds and animals. The maximum penalty stipulated in the law was three years imprisonment.

In the 1999 Criminal Code, the term ‘wildlife’ for the first time was legalized. The pecuniary penalty was raised to a maximum of VND50 million, while the crimes were subject to seven years in prison. Continue reading “Law on wildlife crimes takes effect, but enforcement still weak”

Using artificial intelligence to investigate illegal wildlife trade on social media

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Date:March 12, 2018 Source:University of Helsinki

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These are Southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) in an undisclosed protected area in South Africa.
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Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity conservation and is currently expanding to social media. This is a worrisome trend, given the ease of access and popularity of social media. Efficient monitoring of illegal wildlife trade on social media is therefore crucial for conserving biodiversity.

In a new article published in the journal Conservation Biology, scientists from the University of Helsinki, Digital Geography Lab, argue that methods from artificial intelligence can be used to help monitor the illegal wildlife trade on social media. Continue reading “Using artificial intelligence to investigate illegal wildlife trade on social media”

Amazing family saves primates

Last update 15:45 | 30/01/2018

VietNamNet Bridge – The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in the Cuc Phuong National Park is run by enthusiastic experts who have overcome many problems over the past 20 years. Le Huong & Hong Van pay them a visit.

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In the family: Hien (left) and Tilo have nurtured their happiness at the centre. Courtesy Photo of the family

A bright morning and the sun sends fragile rays through layers of leaves in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

The twittering of birds and chattering monkeys is a natural alarm for staff at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC).

Two attendants slowly walk on the path between the trees and cages of primates that need special cares. They talk about the monkeys they put geographical positioning rings on yesterday. They will release them back into the wild in few days.

For the past 20 years, Nguyen Thi Thu Hien and Tilo Nadler have enjoyed the start of each day walking round the centre. Continue reading “Amazing family saves primates”

Nghe An residents in conflict with wild elephants

Last update 07:05 | 24/01/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – Together with Dak Lak and Dong Nai, Nghe An is one of three localities in Vietnam with the highest wild elephant populations. However, their natural habitat is shrinking.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, Nghe An, elephant, habitat

There are 13-15 wild elephants in Nghe An

A survey found that there are 13-15 wild elephants in Nghe An, including 11-13 living in Pu Mat National Park. There are two groups of elephants, one in Khe Thoi in the national park’s core area, and another in the buffer zone.

In recent years, the second group of elephants has entered cultivated areas and residential quarters, damaging crops and houses and threatening people’s lives. Continue reading “Nghe An residents in conflict with wild elephants”

Lack of care leads to elephant rampages

Last update 11:34 | 12/01/2018
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. 
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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.

The family called neighbours for help to chase the elephants away. However, the wild beasts refused to go until they had destroyed two hectares of acacias and other trees. Continue reading “Lack of care leads to elephant rampages”

Tour firms may be fined for environmental offenses

Last update 11:00 | 16/12/2017

VietNamNet Bridge –  Madelon Willemsen, head of the Vietnam office of the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, said that the wildlife-related tourism activities that have been popular in the country for decades, such as elephant riding, souvenirs made of wild animal parts, the consumption of  bear bile and dishes cooked with wild animal meats, need a radical rethinking.

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Tourists ride elephants in Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak. Elephant riding will be banned as of 2018. – VNA/VNS Photo

When the 2015 version of the Vietnam’s Penal Code takes effect on the first day of 2018, tourism businesses operating programmes that exploit wildlife could be charged with new offenses, she said at a conference for sustainable tourism development held in Hue City on Wednesday.

“The charge will not only result in penalties but also harm the business’s reputation. Certainly, no one could develop sustainably with negative comments from customers,” Willemsen said. Continue reading “Tour firms may be fined for environmental offenses”

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”

Marine Protected Areas given power to protect sea turtles

Last update 07:50 | 03/11/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has given power to officials working in marine protected areas (MPAs) in an effort to protect sea turtles. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, sea turle, Cu Lao Cham, Con Dao Island

The MPA officers have the right to detain individuals who commit violations of MPA rules.

Nguyen Chu Hoi, former deputy director general of the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, said that sea turtles live in many habitats and ecosystems during migration and development. The presence of sea turtles is considered one of the indicators of the health of the marine environment. Continue reading “Marine Protected Areas given power to protect sea turtles”

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”

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”

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”