Binh Lieu (Quang Ninh province) has recently well-known as an attractive destination for its peaceful and beautiful landscape of the North-Eastern mountainous region. Khe Van waterfall, the dinosaur backbone (also known as the border marker No. 1305), Cao Xiem mount, Cao Ba Lanh mount have been popular check-in landmarks and sceneries for tourists. Number of visitors coming to Binh Lieu is on the rise. Hence, having a sustainable tourism management and development plan becomes an urgent condition. Continue reading “Seminar to outline a tourism development plan for Binh Lieu district to 2025, vision to 2030”
Improving cooperation for effective conservation of the critically endangered white-cheeked gibbons and endangered wildlife in Xuan Lien – Pu Hoat Conservation landscape
On November 30, 2020, the Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) in collaboration with Xuan Lien and Pu Hoat Nature Reserves held a technical meeting to share findings of gibbon monitoring and improving co-operation for Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) and endangered flora and fauna conservation in the Xuan Lien-Pu Hoat conservation landscape.
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Vietnam has nearly 10.3 million hectares of natural forest out of a total of 14.6 million hectares of forest (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2019). In the criteria of forest area and cover, forests in Vietnam have almost been recovered like it was in 1943, when Vietnam’s first data on forests nationwide was available. Although the forest cover has been restored, the quality of the forest has been degraded, the diversity is low, ecological functions degraded and there is no intact forest. Continue reading “Conserving and restoring natural forest in Vietnam: Vision and policy solutions”
The limestone landscape in Kim Bang district, Ha Nam Province is an important nature conservation area of the Red River Delta. According the latest survey conducted by CCD in 2018, this landscape is possessing the world’s second largest viable population of the Critically Endangered Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) with more than 70 individuals. Since 2019, the Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) has been actively working with the Forest Protection Department of Ha Nam province and Fauna and Flora International to improve the protection of this endemic species through engaging local communities in population and habitat monitoring, and providing support to the establishment of a new protected area for these langurs in Kim Bang district. Continue reading “Urgent conservation action for the Critically Endangered Delacour’s langur in Ha Nam province”
Gibbon is a flagship species and a good indicator for forest quality and management effectiveness. The increase of the northern white-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) population in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve (NR) is one of evidences of good conservation management and protection efforts of the NR’s staff, and contribution of conservation organizations and the local communities.
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Vietnam is a home of 26 freshwater turtles and tortoises species including 2 endemic species Cuora picturata and Mauremys annamensis. Poaching, trafficking and habitat loss are the main threats to the species survival. Because of the threats, at least 4 species were listed as top 25 the world’s most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles and many other species are listed Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN) and Vulnerable (VU) by IUCN Red List. Continue reading “Turtles and tortoises conservation in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve”
Study on population and distribution of Paphiopedilum helenae Aver. in Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province
Paphiopedilum helenae Aver. is one of the smallest slipper orchids among paphiopedilums. The combination of surprisingly miniature plants with large yellow flowers makes Paphiopedilum helenae being collected for ornamental purpose and commercial use. According to previous researches, the primary forests on limestone mountain landscape of Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son provinces of Vietnam and South China near the border are home to P. helenae. Continue reading “Study on population and distribution of Paphiopedilum helenae Aver. in Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province”
Vietnam has a great potential to develop ecotourism and community-based tourism, especially in protected area system. Nature-based tourism and community-based tourism not only contributes to nature and biodiversity conservation and cultural preservation, but also creates alternative livelihoods, increases employment opportunities and income for local communities. Therefore, sustainable and responsible ecotourism is identified as a priority in the on Vietnam’s tourism development strategy to 2020, vision 2030.
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The first clear video footage on Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in the forest of Kim Bang, Ha Nam province
The Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) is one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world. At present, there are only 2 viable populations in Van Long and Kim Bang. Kim Bang forest is dominanted by the karst terrain that creates a great obstacle for human movement as the terrain is extremely steep and divided by vertical limestone cliffs, and water shortage condition. In addition, poaching and limestone mining have made the langur become more sensitive to human activity; therefore, it is very hard to spot and record any good footage in short distance. Continue reading “The first clear video footage on Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in the forest of Kim Bang, Ha Nam province”
Strengthening the protection and recovery of the critically endangered Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) population in Kim Bang, Ha Nam
The Center for Conservation of Nature and Development (CCD) is implementing a program to monitor and conserve endangered primate species in Vietnam. As an important part of the program, the research and the monitoring activities of Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Kim Bang forest, Ha Nam province is one of the key operations. Continue reading “Strengthening the protection and recovery of the critically endangered Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) population in Kim Bang, Ha Nam”