News Brief (E309, 3 April, 2009)
Tay Ninh: Hunters caught in Ben Ra
On March 31st, 2009 rangers from Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park stopped two subjects illegally hunting wild animals in the Ben Ra area near the Vam Co Dong River. The rangers confiscated a king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) and the subjects are being held in temporary custody.
Khanh Hoa: Rangers caught illegally transporting wildlife
Six rangers from the Khanh Hoa Provincial Forest Protection Department were recently caught using an official state car to illegally transport wildlife. All the wild animals, including two turtles and two bamboo rats, were confiscated for further investigation.
Ha Tinh: Factory closed down for polluting the river
A cassava starch processing factory, managed by the Taiwanese company Vedan, in the northern central province of Ha Tinh, has been shut down after inspectors found it was polluting the Rao Tro River.
Ho Chi Minh: Nine new species found in Can Gio mangrove forest
Scientists from the Tropical Biology Institute recently announced the discovery of nine new species of amphibians and reptiles including a species of water toad, a green racophorus species, a black gecko species, a grey salamander species, and five new species of snake were found in the Can Gio mangrove forest.
Quang Binh: Turtle released
On March 25th, 2009 the Quang Binh Environmental Police, in cooperation with the Quang Binh Fisheries Department, released a rare turtle of 10kg into the sea. The turtle had been caught by a fisherman off the Thua Thien-Hue coastline.
Environmental Education Program
Environmental Education program for secondary school students living near Pu Huong Nature
Staff from Pu Huong Nature Reserve in Nghe An province, in cooperation with the management teams of three secondary schools have conducted an environmental education program for six grade students near the reserve. The program commenced in February 2009 and has gained a great support from the students and teachers. So far, Pu Huong staff have held 41 nature club meetings involving 300 students in three secondary schools. Through this program the students have gained a practical knowledge about the conservation of nature and the environment in Vietnam. Pu Huong is one of seven national parks and nature reserves that received a “Green Grant” as part of the ENV and Toyota Motor Vietnam program: “Go Green - for the Preservation of Nature”.
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