News Brief (E406,March 04, 2011)
Khanh Hoa: Illegal trafficking case still not prosecuted
According to a report from the Nong Thon Ngay Nay newspaper, black shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes) confiscated in Ninh Hoa town were processed as evidence by the Forest Protection Department (FPD) (reported in ENV’s bulletin E405), but over one month has passed and the case is yet to be prosecuted. According to Article 86 of Vietnam’s Criminal Procedure Rules, within 20 days of being informed about a violation, the investigating agency must decide whether to prosecute the case or not. It is unclear why this case has not been resolved.
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Kien Giang: Local resident catches sarus crane
On March 1, a local resident from Kien Giang province caught a mature sarus crane (Grus antigone) while collecting firewood. The crane was transferred to the Project to Preserve Lepironia Articulata Grasslands in Phu My district, which belongs to the International Crane Foundation, in poor health and with a small wound to its head. The sarus crane is an endangered species listed in Vietnam’s and the IUCN’s Red List.
Report warns 25 turtle species will soon disappear
According to a recent report from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), almost half of the world’s 300 turtle species are at the edge of extinction, with 25 species critically threatened. Turtle populations are decreasing due to illegal hunting for food and traditional medicines, as well as the destruction of native habits. The report warns that some species will be extinct in next decade if immediate protection methods are not put into place.
Decree strengthens forest protection
On March 1, Government Decree No.117/ND-CP on special-purpose forest management came into force. The decree creates an agreed legal framework for the organization and management of the forest system in the country, a change on the current management, in order to match policies. It also forms the basis for activities to protect, conserve, maintain and develop natural resources.
At a national conference to announce the decree on February 28, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a statement that “Vietnam advocates making local people responsible for nature preservation to effectively protect their forests”.
Da Nang: White storks congregate in Khanh Son
Thousands of white storks have recently been spotted in Khanh Son district, a development brought about by a decision taken by the Khanh Hoa People’s Committee requiring local residents to move. Eucalyptus gardens in the area have become quieter resulting in the appearance of the storks. Most of the birds fly away to find food in the morning and return in the evening.
Hanoi: Green Living Fair 2011
On March 5, the Green Living Fair with the theme of recycling will be held at the Youth’s Park in Hanoi in order to promote ‘green lifestyles’ by highlighting the importance of protecting the environment, raising public awareness and changing people’s actions that negatively impact the environment. The fair is organized by the ‘Go Green’ Club under Toyota’s Go Green Initiative hosted by Toyota Vietnam, the Vietnam Environment Administration, and the Ministry of Education and Training.
Thua Thien Hue: Forest competition held by FPD
A contest whereby participants formulate questions about forests to collect the most interesting questions raised by members of the public that are interested in the topic is underway. The contest, conducted by the Thua Thien Hue FPD, aims to raise a question bank to serve as a basis for communication activities about forests and climate change. The completion closes on March 15, 2011.
Details of the contest can be found using the link below:
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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)