News Brief (E359, 2 April, 2010)

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Kom Tum: Discovery of illegal timber stashes
On March 26, Kon Tum police announced that they were closely investigating two cases of illegally logged timber in Kon Tum province. Authorities had discovered two large separate stashes of timber, 180m3 and 87.6m3, for which no legal documents could be produced.
(Vietnamese version)
Phat hien 180m3 go khai thac trai phep

Quang Nam: Company fined for forest destructions
The Head of the Quang Nam People’s Committee fined the Nam Giang Rubber Company a total of VND 640 million for the exploitation of forest area without permission.
(Vietnamese version)
Mot cong ty bi phat 640 trieu vi pha rung

Dac Lak: Elephant preservation project remains on paper
The number of elephants has significantly decreased over the past few years due to loss of habitat and wildlife crimes in Dac Lak. An elephant preservation project with a total investment fund of VND 58 billion has not made any difference to the elephant’s plight, except for the suggested establishment of an Elephant Rescue Centre in Yok Don National Park.
(Vietnamese version)
Bao ton voi tren giay

Quang Ninh: Prosecution against elephant tusk transporters begins
On March 28, Quang Ninh Investigative police began legal proceedings against three people for illegally transporting 149.3kg of elephant tusk. The trio was arrested on March 19 traveling from Nghe An province to Mong Cai province.
(Vietnamese version)
Ba doi tuong buon lau 149,3kg nga voi

Lam Dong: Private zoo hands over three-striped palm civet
The owner of the Tu Loan Private Zoo at Tuyen Lam Lake tourist area in Da Lat City was persuaded to transfer a three-striped palm civet (Arctogalidia trivigrata) to the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program at Cuc Phuong National Park. This is the first case of three-striped palm civet was handed over to the Park for conservation.
(Vietnamese version)
Chuyen giao mot con cay tai trang cho VQG Cuc Phuong

Long An: Cafe involved in wildlife crime
On March 30, Long An Environmental Police arrested two people suspected of wildlife trade involving a cafe in Long An province a week earlier. 54kg of king cobra and 82kg of pangolin and were amongst the items confiscated as evidence.  
(Vietnamese version)
Tich thu luong lon dong vat quy hiem

Thai Nguyen: Alarming rate of forest destruction
The Than Sa Phuong Hoang Nature Reserve incorporates a primitive forest covering tens of thousands of hectares in Vo Nhai district. Over the past ten years, life in the forest has been devastated and is almost silent as a result of forest destruction, which occurs all day and night with the support of corrupt rangers. In response to this issue, the Deputy Chairman of Thai Nguyen People’s Committee promised to soon solve this matter.  
(Vietnamese version)
Rung xanh ren xiet ky 1
Rung xanh ren xiet ky 2
Rung xanh ren xiet ky 3
Rung xanh ren xiet ky 4
Thai Nguyen hua lam nghiem

HCMC leaders and students take part in protecting Vietnam’s unique wildlife
Today, April 2, Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and Ho Chi Minh City’s Forest Protection Department (HCMC-FPD) held a contest ceremony entitled “Discovering Vietnam’s Unique Wildlife” for secondary school students at Ben Thanh Theatre. The ceremony aimed to raise awareness and call for commitment from the leaders and students in the area of nature conservation, especially wildlife protection. The contest included games, tests, quizzes, performance and real situation tests as well as the display of a collection of nature photos and information about endangered wildlife.

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