News Brief (E340, 13 Nov, 2009)

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Hue - An Giang: Wildlife confiscated
On November 11th, 2009 in Hue, endangered animals including a civet and six monitor lizards (Varanus sp.) were seized from a restaurant in An Tay ward. Meanwhile on the same day in An Giang, the provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD) confiscated 552kg of wildlife that had been smuggled across the Cambodian border into An Phu district.
(Vietnamese version)

Nghe An: Pangolins illegally transported
On November 12th, 2009 the Nghe An Provincial Environmental Police arrested the driver of a car illegally transporting five pangolins in Vinh city. The case continues to be investigated for further information.
(Vietnamese version)

Thanh Hoa: Man fined for illegally transporting snakes
The authorities in Thanh Hoa province recently fined a man approximately 135 million VND for transporting 136kg of common rat snake (Ptyas mucosus) through the province in his car without legal permits. The snakes were confiscated and the car is being held temporarily.
(Vietnamese version)

Quang Binh - An Giang: Wildlife released
On November 9th, 2009 staff from the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park released a loris back into the wild after a man voluntarily handed it over. In An Giang on the same day, the provincial FPD announced that a leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) had been confiscated from a man who had trapped it. The FPD later released it back into the forest.
(Vietnamese version)

Decree 99 released
At the beginning of November the Vietnamese government issued Decree 99/2009/ND-CP replacing Decree 159/2007/ND-CP on the punishment of administrative violations of forest management, forest protection and forest product management. According to the new decree, the highest fine for illegally trading wildlife is 500 million VND, which effectively contributes to stopping the destruction of forests and exploiting forest-related products without legal permits.
(Vietnamese version)

ENV’s activities 

ENV’s Wildlife Crime Bulletin released
ENV’s Wildlife Crime Bulletin provides information, recommendations and analysis of efforts to combat wildlife crime in Vietnam and is distributed to enforcement agencies throughout the country. The feature story in this edition looks at the illegal exploitation of Ha Long Bay bears and how this impacts upon Ha Long’s image as a world tourist destination. The Bulletin also explores the blurry line between tiger conservation and trade. As in previous editions, the wildlife crime log section summarizes cases of interest, highlights successfully handled cases, and shows just how important public participation is in combating wildlife crime.

For further information, please click on the following link:
(Vietnamese version);%20ENV%2011%202009.pdf (English version)

Green Grants protect nature and the environment in Vietnam
Hanoi, November 12, 2009 - Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV), in co-ordination with Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV), awarded ‘Green Grants’ to six protected areas in Vietnam. The grants aim to support staff in carrying out environmental education activities in the buffer zones of their national parks or nature reserves.

In May and August 2009, ENV held two training courses for representatives from eleven national parks and nature reserves. After the training course, participants submitted proposals to a joint ENV-TMV Green Grant review board for consideration. The proposals were judged based on specific criteria such as creativity and design, practicality, capacity to achieve the stated objectives, and conservation priorities. 

For further information, please click on the following link:
(Vietnamese version)
(English version)

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