News Brief (E386, October 08, 2010)

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Ho Chi Minh City: Animals released into national park
On October 5, 24 wild animals species, including tockays (Gekko gecko), Chinese cobras (Naja atra), and Asiatic rock pythons (Python molurus), were released into Cat Tien National Park by the Cu Chi Rescue Center. Some of the animals had been confiscated during a smuggling case in HCMC and others were handed over by Binh Duong Forest Protection Department (FPD). The rescue center reported that at the time of the seizure, the animals were in bad health from being in captivity for a long time. All the animals have since recovered and are adapting well to their new home at Cat Tien National Park.
(Vietnamese version)
Tp. HCM: Tha 24 loai dong vat hoang da ve rung

Thanh Hoa: Over 300 million VND in fines for smuggling wildlife
The Thanh Hoa People’s Committee gave a total administrative fine of over 300 million VND to three offenders for smuggling wildlife. A woman from Quang Nam province was fined 225 million VND for illegally transporting wildlife, including elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongate), yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), clouded monitors (Varanus bengalensis), water monitors (Varanus salvator), common rat snakes (Ptyas mucosus) and numerous Indochinese rat snakes (Ptyas korros). A man from Quang Ngai province was fined 75 million VND for transporting five Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica), and another man from Ha Nam province received a 25 million VND fine for smuggling rare and precious timber.
(WCU Ref. Case 2845 and Case 2846)
(Vietnamese version)
Van chuyen dong vat hoang da trai phep: phat 300 trieu dong

Vinh Long: Red-eared slider turtles killed and frozen
On October 1, the Vinh Long People’s Committee gave the Caseamex Company the go ahead to kill and freeze around 18,400 red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans) after numerous failed attempts to deal with the turtles. In June 2010, over 30 tons of red-eared slider turtles, considered one of the most invasive species to seriously threaten the local ecological balance, were imported into Vietnam.
(Vietnamese version)
Ket cuc cuoi cung cua rua tai do: giet mo cap dong

Bac Lieu: Whale gets tangled in fishing net, later dies
According to the Deputy Head of the People’s Committee in Dong Hai district, a whale was found struggling in the net of a fishing boat and died while being brought back to shore on October 1. The four ton, six meter-long whale was identified as a rhincodontidae (Rhincodon typus) and subsequently buried.
(Vietnamese version)
Bac Lieu: Ca voi 4 tan mac luoi

Yen Bai: Con Voi Forest destroyed by illegal logging
The 3,000ha primeval Con Voi Forest boasts a wide range of rare and precious timber. The forest is currently under threat from 44 separate illegal logging cases. Illegal loggers even built cabins and grow their own vegetables, allowing them to live in the forest for long-term exploitation. Up to July this year, over 80m3 of timber has been confiscated by rangers although only a small number are responsible for such a large forest area, making forest control and management extremely difficult.
(Vietnamese version)
Yen Bai: Rung Con Voi – mieng moi ngon cua lam tac?

Opportunities and challenges in building a wind farm in Vietnam

Vietnam has been evaluated as a potential wind energy nation with excellent conditions for developing and exploiting this precious energy resource but disadvantages in technologies and national capital make it difficult for Vietnam to develop wind energy alone. The investment in wind farm project 1-Binh Thuan (REVN1-BIT) is pioneering the effort to apply foreign technology to exploit wind energy in the country. The project is vital in sustainable development strategies, which simultaneously ensures environmental sustainability and meets society’s demand for energy. It is important to analyze both opportunities and challenges in setting up a wind farm and to learn from the experience of established farms.
(Vietnamese version)
Xay dung trai dien gio o Viet Nam – co hoi va thach thuc


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