Village meetings on conservation of Northern white-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys) in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve
The white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) is a primate that is classified as IB in the list of endangered forest animals, the Endangered group (EN) in the Vietnam Red Book and the Critically Endangered Group (CR) in the IUCN’s Red List because its population is declining sharply globally due to human impacts and habitat loss. White-cheeked gibbons previously existed in China, Laos and Vietnam. However, in recent years, this species has been declared extinct in China, they are currently distributed only in Vietnam and Laos. In Vietnam, Xuan Lien Nature Reserve and the adjacent Pu Hoat protection forest have been identified as important habitat for this extremely endangered primate.
As part of programs to improve the capacity of nature conservation, protection of endangered species in Vietnam in combination with the research and conservation efforts made for this species at Xuan Lien, the Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) has cooperated with Xuan Lien Nature Reserve to hold village meetings “Conservation of white-cheeked gibbons and loris” in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve to enhance awareness of the village community, towards improving the effectiveness of nature conservation in general and wildlife conservation in particular. The program is implemented from June 9 to 11, 2020 in five villages including Vin, Phong, Chieng, Khong and Lua in the buffer zone of Xuan Lien Nature Reserve.
The village meetings program took place successfully with the active and enthusiastic participation of local people. Besides, listening, exchanging ideas and suggestions between program implementers and local people are encouraged. At each meeting, local people not only understood the importance of protecting local white-cheeked gibbons but also were informed about the penalties prescribed by law for poaching and trading wildlife. Through the program, the message of standing together to protect endangered species of plants/animals in Vietnam has been spread to all local people.