News Brief (E321, 3 July, 2009)
Cao Bang: Wildlife rescued at bus station
On June 25th, 2009 at a bus station in Cao Bang province, the Cao Bang Provincial Environment Police caught two subjects illegally transporting wildlife from Ninh Binh province to Cao Bang province. The seizure included 15 macaque skeletons, 12 monitor lizards (Varanus sp.), two kg of turtles and 10 tockays (Gekko gecko).
Ninh Thuan: Turtles released into sea
On June 24th, 2009 eighty-six recently hatched green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were successfully released into the sea by staff from Nui Chua National Park.
Binh Thuan: Seafood firm closed for environmental violations
On June 30th, 2009 the Hoa Thuan Ltd Company, which specialized in processing seafood, was ordered to suspend its operations by the People’s Committee of Phan Thiet City. They also received a fine of over 32 million VND for violating environmental regulations.
Ba Ria - Vung Tau: Green campaign launched
On June 28th, 2009 the Sea Tourism Environment Protection Week in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau opened as part of a national campaign to achieve sustainable sea tourism development. The Ba Ria - Vung Tau Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism came together for the campaign. The launch was met with a call for residents to get directly involved in environmental clean-up and conservation work.
Ho Chi Minh: Natural Environment Protection Society established
On June 27th, 2009 the Natural Environment Protection Society was set up in accordance with a Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee’s decision. Volunteer residents are part of the society, which is under the control of the Ho Chi Minh Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
ENV conducts two Mobile Bear Exhibitions in June
In June 2009, ENV held the “Bring peace to Vietnam’s Bears” mobile exhibit at PiCo Plaza on Nguyen Trai street in Hanoi and at the Hanoi Zoo. Taking part in the exhibition, participants had the opportunity to learn more about Vietnam’s two species of bear: the Asiatic black bear and the Sun bear. Visitors to the exhibit were also encouraged to sign commitments saying “no” to the use of bear bile and bear products. Over the four days that the exhibits were held, over 2000 people pledged not to use bear bile or bear products. Since late 2008 ENV has held seven mobile bear exhibitions, with similar activities in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Nghe An.
Find out more about the wildlife trade in Vietnam: www.savingvietnamswildlife.org
Recruitment and training campaign for wildlife protection volunteers in Ho Chi Minh city
Towards the end of June, ENV organized a four-day recruitment and training program for new wildlife protection volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City. The program attracted the participation of over 120 young people from local nature clubs, as well as individuals who were concerned about protecting Vietnam’s wildlife.
Participating in this activity, young people found the opportunity to learn more about wildlife protection laws, ways to identify the commonly traded species of wildlife and gain an understanding of common violation behaviors. The participants were also provided with some practical skills to complete the mission of the volunteers in ENV’s National Wildlife Protection Volunteer Network.
When the campaign ended, nearly 100 participants signed up to join the network of volunteers. Afterwards, ENV staff and the new volunteers conducted a survey of 50 local businesses and discovered over 20 that were violating wildlife protection laws.
Make the commitments to protect Vietnam’s bears online
“Committing to protecting bears online” is one of the exciting new sections on the latest version of our Vietnamese website http://www.thiennhien.org. When accessing our website, the visitors have the opportunity to participate in protecting Vietnam’s bears by making a pledge not to use bear products. From the upgraded Vietnamese website’s announcement (16 June 2009) until now, nearly 200 people have committed to protecting bears. ENV hope to receive more online commitments to protect Vietnam’s endangered bears.
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The ENV team regularly updates our facebook group with wildlife crime news, interesting cases and information about our other work. Click on this link to join our group and help save Vietnam’s wildlife: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47162312016
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)