News Brief (E315, 22 May, 2009)
Ho Chi Minh: Wildlife confiscated from pet shop
On May 18th, 2009 one pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonine) and one crested argus (Rheinarctia ocellata) were confiscated from a pet shop on Truong Chinh Street in Tan Binh District. The animals have been transferred to Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Dac Lac - Binh Phuoc: Wildlife discovered being illegally transporting
On May 14th, 2009 the Dac Lac Provincial Police discovered a man illegally transporting 14kg of turtles, six kg of snakes and four kg of civets in Buon Me Thuot city. Meanwhile, in Binh Phuoc on May 16th, 2009, Police seized 19kg of monitor lizards from an illegal transportation.
Thanh Hoa: Subjects fined over 500 million VND for violating wildlife protection laws
On May 18th, 2009 four men received fines totaling over 536 million VND for illegally transporting over 638 kg of wildlife including big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum), water monitors (Varanus salvator), pangolins, Asian leaf turtles (Cyclemys tcheponensis) and common rat snakes (Ptyas mucosus).
Ha Noi: Business establishments fined for polluting the environment
On May 19th, 2009 the Hanoi People’s Committee fined the Hanoi Beer and Alcohol Corporation (HABECO) 32 million VND, and Kim Lien hotel 45 million VND for their substandard waste water treatment systems, which had been damaging the environment.
Ha Noi: ENV encourages visitors to Vietnam to use wildlife protection hotline
On the 21st and the 22nd May, ENV staff took to the streets of Hanoi to promote the wildlife protection hotline to international tourists. The team handed out 220 hotline cards to tourists at the Temple of Literature, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem Lake and around the old quarter in Hanoi.
Environmental Education training course in Tam Dao National Park
Over ten days from the 12th to 21st of May, ENV, in cooperation with Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) held an environmental education training course for eight staff from five protected areas in Vietnam. This course, which was held at ENV’s National Environment Education Training Centre Tam Dao National Park, is the first of two courses for 2009 to be held as part of the ENV and TMV joint project “Go Green - Nature Conservation”.
The trainees were taught environment education techniques and worked with ENV staff to develop plans for at least one environment education activity which they will conduct in and around the protected areas where they work. ENV’s trainers helped trainees improve the necessary communications skills to ensure effective implementation of environmental education activities in their national parks and nature reserves.
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