News Brief (E380, August 27, 2010)

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Lam Dong: Crackdown on restaurants selling wildlife
On August 26, the Lam Dong Forest Protection Department (FPD) led an enforcement campaign targeting restaurants illegally selling wildlife in Da Lat City. Over 100 officers inspected five restaurants and seized over 300kg of wildlife, including civet, pangolin, porcupine, mouse deer, monitor lizard, bear paw, bamboo rat, snake and sambar meat, and skins from black-shanked duoc langurs, clouded leopards, short-clawed otters, serows, leopard cats, common palm civets, binturong, and small indian civets.
(Vietnamese version)
Tap kich quan nhau, nha hang ban thit dong vat hoang da

Da Nang: Red-shanked douc langur handed over
A red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus nemaeus) has been voluntarily transferred to the Son Tra Peninsula FPD by a local resident from the district. According to initial reports from the FPD, the langur is approximately two months old and cannot search for food, and therefore requires special care.
(Vietnamese version)
Da Nang-Mot nguoi dan giao nop vooc chan nau quy hiem

Thanh Hoa: 250 million VND in fines for illegal trade of wildlife and timber
Last week, one offender from Binh Dinh and another from Nghe An province received administrative fines totaling 175 million VND for the illegal trade and transportation of 40 pangolins and 94 turtles. This week, another two men were fined a total of 68 million VND for the illegal transportation of turtles and rare and precious timber, culminating in a total of 250 million VND in administrative fines being handed out by the Thanh Hoa People’s Committee in just two weeks. In all cases, the evidence has been seized and the vehicles will be released once the fines have been implemented.
(Vietnamese version)
Thanh Hoa phat 250 trieu dong hanh vi buon ban DVHD va lam san trai phep

Bac Giang: Phuc Le stork garden - one man’s gift to nature
For many years, a local resident’s garden in Tan Yen district has played an important role in conserving habitats for storks and night herons. Vi Van Hai, the owner of the garden, received the Environment Prize for 2010 from the district’s People’s Committee. Since 1984, Hai has planted trees and cared for the birds in his garden, creating a valuable haven for storks. Demand for stork meat as a specialty in local restaurants has been growing, and hunters have been setting traps and attempting to shoot birds in the garden. Despite this, the birds continue to thrive and Hai has called for local authorities to help protect this unique habitat.
(Vietnamese version)
Vuon co Phuc Le - qua tang cua thien nhien

Quang Binh: Butterfly lizards become hunter’s target
The butterfly lizard is one of few species able to live in the harsh coastal sand dunes of central Vietnam, and has done so for hundreds of years. Recently, however, butterfly lizards have became popular as a specialty dish in Quang Binh, fetching higher market prices and resulting in the increased hunting, trapping and stripping of their nests.
(Vietnamese version)
Loai nhong bi tan cong cho nhung ban nhau

Quang Binh: International organizations turn their back on important conservation project
According to the August 16 edition of the Saigon Giai Phong newspaper, the Conservation and Sustainable Development Project of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is considered one of biggest conservation projects in Vietnam. However, only two years after implementation, a German NGO withdrew its financial sponsorship, claiming that previous agreements have been violated. Three other international NGOs have also withdrawn their support, citing a lack of human resources. The withdrawals mean that the biodiversity research component of the project cannot be carried out.
(Vietnamese version)
Du an bao ton va phat trien khu vuc Phong Nha- Ke Bang: Cac to chuc quoc te quay lung

Quang Binh: Illegal logging of ancient trees
In the middle of a primeval jungle in Quang Binh province, many rare and precious trees have been found illegally felled and left strewn in the area, with some trunks already cut-to-length and awaiting transportation. A large team of men can be often found on-site to move the heavy timber to a meeting point in the jungle. Nearby underground caves have been identified as a way to transport the timber out of the jungle for future sale.
A copy of the original photography report can be accessed using the link below.
(Vietnamese version)
Xe long co thu rung gia

Thai Nguyen: Tam Dao National Park a target of ore thieves
Since 2008, large areas of Tam Dao National Park have been excavated, the forest ravaged, and trees devastated by explosions during the illegal mining of ore. For the past three years, the local FPD has been trying to stop the illegal mining, raising questions about whether current sanctions are strict enough to deter would-be thieves. Many rangers have been threatened and attacked for trying to protect the park.
(Vietnamese version)
“Moi ruot”... vuon quoc gia

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