News Brief (E397, December 24, 2010)
No country for elephants
The hamlet of Don in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has long been known as the “kingdom of elephants”, but elephants in the area are being pushed to the brink of extinction. A report at the conference: “Preserving elephants and minimizing conflicts between elephants and humans” held at Nam Cat Tien National Park in November 2009, said the country has around 80 elephants left in the wild, nearly 50 percent less than five years before. Experts fear wild elephants will become extinct in the next 10-20 years unless they are carefully protected.
Since 2009, four wild elephants have been killed for their parts near the Vietnam-Cambodia border, a known habitat for a herd of more than 30 elephants. According to local authorities, poachers were responsible for most of the deaths, targeting not only wild elephants for their tusks and tails, but domesticated elephants as well. Thieves have even excavated the graves of dead elephants.
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Hai Duong: Forty-six pangolins seized
On December 19, authorities in Hai Duong province checked a 12-seater van and discovered 46 pangolins. The driver admitted that he had purchased the pangolins in Hoa Binh province to sell in Quang Ninh province. The animals were transferred to the Hai Duong Forest Protection Department (FPD).
Hai Duong: bat giu 46 ca the te te
Nghe An: Macaque killed in Nghe An Forest after attacking local residents
On December 20, many Chau Hong Commune residents visited the local People’s Committee to see the macaque that had attacked people on numerous occasions over a period of four months. A local resident said the FPD did not do anything to stop the macaque, forcing residents to kill the macaque by themselves. The chief of the FPD said the macaque’s body will remain at the local People’s Committee before being destroyed.
Ha khi chuyen tan cong nguoi
Hanoi: Smuggled wildlife’s transit through Vietnam
On December 21 at the conference of Prevention Against Wildlife Crime organized in Hanoi, Environmental Police (EP) said that around 4,000 to 4,500 tons of wild animals and their products (mainly primates, bears, pangolins, turtles, cobras, elephant tusk, and rhino horns) are traded and transported illegally from Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia through Vietnam to China.
According to a representative from the General Customs Department, customs have detected 14 cases of illegally imported wildlife at Hai Phong Port, and confiscated 13.5 tons of ivory, and over 30 tons of meat, scales, and turtle shells since 2005. The Deputy Head of Hanoi’s EP said that there are more than 200 restaurants and hotels openly advertising for wildlife products.
hang ngan tan DVHD qua canh VN
Biodiversity loss in Vietnam
On December 21 at the conference which reviewed the implementation of National Action Plans on Biodiversity for the period 2007-2010, Mr. Bui Cach Tuyen, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources & the Environment, said that the important natural ecosystem areas of Vietnam are shrinking. The number of species and quantity of wild animals has decreased dramatically, and wild genetic resources have also seen a serious decline, leading to ecological imbalance. At the conclusion of 2010, only 13.39 million hectares of national forest areas exist equating to a coverage of 35%, which does not achieve the 42-43% goal of National Action Plans on Biodiversity approved by the Prime Minister.
VN dang mat can bang sinh thai
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
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)