News Brief (E300, 22 January, 2009)
Ha Noi: Large number of dead wildlife illegally kept at a house
The National Environmental Police, in cooperation with the National Forest Protection Department and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, recently confiscated a large number of dead wild animals including 118 king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah), one leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), one reticulated python (Python reticulatus), two Burmese pythons (Python molurus), two boxes of sunda pangolins (Manis javanica), one box of turtles and two Asiatic black bear heads at a resident’s house. All the confiscated animals have been transferred to Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Center for preservation purposes.
Ha Noi: Two men arrested for illegally transporting bear bile
On January 15th, 2009 Khuong Mai District’s Police, in cooperation with the Hanoi Mobile Police Unit, caught two men transporting 3000cc of bear bile without legal permits. The evidence was transferred to Hanoi Forest Protection Department.
Hau Giang: Illegal wildlife transportation uncovered
On January 16th, 2009 Hau Giang Provincial Mobile Ranger Unit stopped a car illegally transporting 1,200 swallows and 30kg of king cobras. All the birds and the king cobras were released to Lung Ngoc Hoang Nature Reserve and the offender was fined 3.7 million VND.
Da Nang: Three households illegally caught keeping timber
On January 14th, 2009 Hoa Vang District’s Mobile Ranger Unit in collaboration with the District Police caught three households illegally keeping over 1,000 m3 of timber. The evidence was confiscated and transferred to Hoa Vang District’s Forest Protection Unit for further investigation.
Bac Kan: Residents around Ba Be National Park voluntarily hand over 500 shotguns
Over 2,000 households living around Ba Be National Park recently signed commitments to protect the National Park. In addition, over 500 households voluntarily handed over 507 shotguns and other hunting tools as a result of the continuous campaign by Ba Be National park staff to raise people’s awareness about protecting wildlife.
Environmental Education Program
Cat Ba National Park conducts first community meeting after receiving Green Grants
On January 14th, 2009 Cat Ba National Park’s Green Grant program officers conducted the first Participatory Learning Appraisal (PLA) meeting in Cat Hai district. A relatively large number of local residents attended the meeting despite the cold weather. The park staff integrated films about the beautiful landscape of Cat Ba Island with discussions and activities on the serious issue of waste management. Participants gained an understanding about the harmful impact of rubbish, garbage disposal methods and the need to protect Cat Ba Island. Cat Ba National Park is one of seven national parks and nature reserves that received “Green Grants” as part of the ENV and Toyota Motor Vietnam program: “Go Green - for the Preservation of Nature”.
Please note: Past bulletins can be found on ENV's website www.envietnam.org
Nguyen Thi My Dung
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)