At the event (Photo: www.nhandan.com.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop on the conservation of the grey shanked douc langur in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum took place at Mang Den ecotourism site in the province’s Kon Plong district on March 25. The event was held by the Forest Management Department of the province, Greenviet Biodiversity Conservation Centre and Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Reports from scientists, administrators and local authorities were delivered at the workshop, proposing solutions to protect the wild animal in the locality. Vietnam is home to between 1,500 to 2,000 primates of this kind in forests across Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces. It is included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list as one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates. In 2016, a survey conducted by the FFI found Kon Plong district is home to 500 of the animals.-VNA VNA … [Read more...] about Workshop talks conservation of rare langur in Kon Tum
The Con Cuong district People’s Court in Nghe An has sentenced five local poachers to a total of 13 years and six months in prison for violating regulations on protection of endangered, precious and rare animals. The five convicted poachers at court (Photo: congan.com.vn) Wildlife trafficking increases in Vietnam as demand continues to rise Vietnam is among 16 countries with a high level of biodiversity and is also among the biggest hot spots for wildlife trafficking. Slow progress in fight against illegal wildlife trade Vietnam has some of the world’s most diverse wildlife, but the country’s rare species are in grave danger from traffickers. Programme helps fight wildlife violations in Vietnam The Nature Education Centre recently announced the findings of a programme on the assessment of the spread of wildlife violations in 42 districts of nine provinces and cities with the involvement of 12,840 trading establishments. … [Read more...] about Poachers imprisoned for killing rare langurs
Rowley’s litter frog (leptolalax rowleyae) is a new amphibian species found in the Son Tra Nature Reserve in Da Nang (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thanh Luan of the Asian Turtle Programme) Da Nang (VNS/VNA) - A new amphibian was discovered by a group of scientists and biologists in the Son Tra Nature Reserve in the central city of Da Nang following researches between 2012 and 2018. A scientific report of the new species was released in the scientific magazine Zootaxa – a peer-reviewed scientific mega journal for animal taxonomists, on March 1. Nguyen Thanh Luan, scientific officer of the Asian Turtle Programme-Indo-Myanmar Conservation confirmed to Vietnam News on March 1 that the species – Rowley’s litter frog (leptolalax rowleyae) was found by Vietnamese Dr Phan Thi Hoa from Da Nang College for teachers’ training in 2012 when she was completing her thesis on reptile and amphibian species in the Son Tra Nature Reserve. Luan said Hoa … [Read more...] about Da Nang: New frog found in Son Tra Nature Reserve
Vietnam and Germany concluded the negotiations with stronger co-operation in future-oriented sectors With a commitment of €213.4 million ($236.1 million), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will support Vietnam in the next two years to create Vietnam's growth strategy that is friendly to the environment and society alike. The partnership focuses primarily on effective energy supply, market access of renewable energy, and the protection of coastal areas by replanting mangrove areas in the Mekong Delta and implementing sustainable forest economy models in Northern and Central of Vietnam. In addition, the two sides also agreed to support sustainable rice cultivation in the Mekong Delta within the framework of the Green Innovation Centre initiative, which will benefit small agribusinesses in the region by being connected to the value-added chain. Besides this, the two countries also want to mobilise big Vietnamese and German businesses to … [Read more...] about Vietnamese-German negotiations on green growth end in success
A video of three children singing and swinging a massive reptile went viral recently, garnering more than 80,000 views. Photo dailymail.co.uk Do you need a rope to jump rope? Vietnamese children might say no, because you can use a giant dead snake instead. A video of three children singing and swinging a massive reptile went viral recently, garnering more than 80,000 views. Behind the camera, a woman was heard encouraging them to keep playing. Some might find the scene cruel, while others might consider it an example of humans living in harmony with nature. No matter which side you take, it is undeniable that Việt Nam has wonderful biodiversity and a wide variety of snakes. We may not all have skipping ropes, but sometimes all you need is a dead snake. — VNS … [Read more...] about Let’s skip-snake!