News Brief (E409,March 25, 2011)
Binh Duong: Three year jail term for illegally selling a tiger
A long-time suspected tiger trader Huynh Van Hai, owner of the Thanh Canh Tourism Park in Binh Duong province was sentenced on March 10 to three years in prison for selling tigers out the back door of his park, fourteen other people linked to Hai’s illegal activities, including his son, received sentences ranging from 18 months’ probation to 30 months in prison. In addition to imprisonment, Hai and two other subjects were fined more than VND 1.4 billion (about USD 70,000.00).
From 2003 to 2006, the defendant illegally captured and raised the tigers at his Tourism Park and sold the tigers for the purpose of cooked bone glue.
Kon tum: Two Asian black bear cubs transferred to Vietnam Bear Rescue Center
According to Tuoitre online newspaper, on March 20, two Asiatic black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus) cubs were transferred to the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center (RC) with the cooperation of Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) and Kon Tum Forest Protection Department (FPD). The cubs had been found in Chu Mo Ray National Park (NP) by workers planting rubber trees.
The Bearis listed in group IB of Decree 32/ND-CP - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be exploited or used for commercial purposes.
Khanh Hoa: Seizure of a large number of wildlife
On March 19, 46 wild animals including four monitor lizards (Varanus sp), two brush-tailed porcupines (Atherurus macrourus), two turtles, 35 snakes and three civets were found illegally stored at a residence in Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa province. The wildlife was seized by local FPD. The animals were released into the wild and the suspect received an administrative fine.
Provided by Van Ninh FPD
Man embarks on 20,000km bike trip for charity
An Australian man from the Wheel2wheel organization has embarked on a 20,000km bike trip to raise funds for charity. As part of his ride, he recently visited the Vietnam Bear RC belonging to AAF in Tam Dao NP, Vin Phuc province. The AAF is one of 10 charity organizations, including other environmental and conservation groups that the man aims to raise money for. He hopes that his visit to the center will draw worldwide attention to the preservation of bears and a reduction in the use of bear products.
Online communication: “Living friendly with the environment”
On March 24, an online communication: “Living friendly with the environment” was organized by Tuoitre online newspaper. The program aims to provide young people with the experiences of environmental activists such as living green, living sustainably with the environment, the most meaningful way to respond to “Earth Hour” on March 26 and other current environmental issues.
“Some people may think living green is complicated and takes a lot of effort but it is actually quite easy to do small things like saving electricity or protecting the environment. We should live green and gain the benefits for our psychological well-being as well as improve the value of living for ourselves and the next generations”. This is the message from Le Minh Quoc – a guest of this online communication and also one of the two representatives for young Vietnamese people at the Youth Tiger Summit organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature in Russia in November 2010.
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011- 2020
The Vietnam Environment Administration held a seminar called “The United Nations Era on Biodiversity 2011 – 2020” in Hanoi on March 17. The UN Decade aims to introduce the 2010-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and update global biodiversity targets agreed at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10). Dr. Pham Anh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Biodiversity Preservation Department, introduced Vietnam’s position and informed participants of the outcomes of the COP10 and the strategic plan for biodiversity from now until 2020. The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2010-2020 has 20 targets divided into 5 groups in order to resolve the main causes of biodiversity loss, to monitor biodiversity and to enhance the benefits provided by biodiversity.
Phu Yen: Young environment-friendly director helps reduce pollution
A 27 year-old director in Phu Yen has reduced environmental pollution from rice factories with the introduction of a method that recycles rice husks for use as firewood instead of throwing the husks away. The business establishment of this young director can produce five to six tons of this firewood each day and sell it to the boilers in Ho Chi Minh City. His activities have created jobs for local residents and also helped resolve the pollution issue caused by rice factories.
Nguyen Bich Ngoc
Education for Nature - Vietnam
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www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)