News Brief (E334, 2 Oct, 2009)
Binh Duong: Monitor lizards found
Police recently found a man illegally transporting 80kg of monitor lizards (Varanus sp.), including four kilograms of live lizards. The dead lizards were incinerated and the few lizards that remained alive were transferred to the Binh Duong Provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD).
Quang Nam: Wildlife released
On September 28th, 2009 the FPD in Dai Loc district released 17 monitor lizards (Varanus sp.) and 44kg of snakes into a local forest. The animals had been rescued during separate illegal transportation cases and kept in Dai Nghia commune by the police.
Mekong studies reveal 163 new species
One hundred and sixty-three new species were discovered in 2008 in the Greater Mekong region in reports made by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). However, the newly-discovered species are threatened due to the climate change, the illegal poaching and the environment pollution.
http://envietnam.org/E_News/E_334/Phat_hien_163_loai_moi_tai_luu_vuc_song_Mekong.html (English version)
Lam Dong: Endangered birds found at three sites
Experts from BirdLife, Lam Dong’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Bi Doup - Nui Ba National Park have reported finding Mi Liang Biang birds at three sites in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. The Mi Liang Biang is a bird species indigenous to Vietnam and considered extremely endangered.
Hanoi: New contest aims to foster Green ideas
On September 28th, 2009 the ‘Green Idea Contest 2009’ was launched in Hanoi by Toyota Motor Vietnam in co-ordination with the Ministry of Education and Training and the General Department of the Environment. The contest is part of the ‘Go Green’ program and held with the aim of finding green technologies and ideas that could most feasibly be put into practice.
http://envietnam.org/E_News/E_334/Cuoc_thi_y_tuong_xanh_cai_thien_moi_truong_song.html (English version)
Bear exhibition at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Over three days this week (2->4 October 2009), ENV will be hosting a bear exhibition “Bring peace to Vietnam’s bears” at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi. The exhibit aims educate visitors about Vietnam’s bears and the threats to their survival in the wild. Participants will be encouraged to say ‘No’ to bear bile and bear products. ENV hope many people will come and support this activity and to help protect endangered bears.
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Education for Nature - Vietnam
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