News Brief (E449, December 29, 2011)
Tay Ninh: Miwon dumped 2,000 m3 of waste-water a day into the environment
On December 21, the Environmental Crime Prevention Police Department discovered that the Cassava manufacturing factory of Miwon Vietnam Ltd in Tay Ninh, had discharged untreated wastewater into the environment. The wastewater was released directly into surrounding lakes and the Saigon River. The manager of the factory admitted the violation and said that the wastewater treatment system of the factory has not been functional since 2005. The police department has requested that the factory stops discharging wastewater into the environment.
Vietnamese version, republished from Tuoi Tre newspaper, December 22, 2011:
Quang Nam: Environmental pollution from industrial areas
According to the Binh Thuan Natural Resources and Environment, there are five industrial parks and 26 industrial clusters in Quang Nam. The amount of solid waste that they produce is up to one thousand tonnes a day, but only 70% of this is collected. About 700 tonnes of solid waste remains untreated, most of it being poured directly into waterways, causing the pollution of many rivers such as the Truong Giang, Ky Ha, Vinh Dien and Cua Dai. The floating solid content of these rivers is up to four times the limit which makes it unsuitable for drinking water. Companies often avoid treating waste or invest minimal amounts in waste treatment systems due to the costs involved. The local authorities are using a range of methods to change the situation, such as improving public awareness of the importance of environmental protection, considering investment projects carefully for negative impacts on the environment, and investigating violation cases thoroughly.
Vietnamese version, republished from Nhan Dan newspaper December 25, 2011:
Dong Nai: Last elephant in Tan Phu Protective Forest killed
On December 23, authorities in Tan Phu Protective Forest discovered an elephant which had been killed several days prior. It is believed to have been left behind when the rest of its herd moved to Don Village, Dak Lak in 2011. The four tonne elephant bull was found with one tusk missing; the evidence suggesting that it was killed for its tusk and tail hair. On December 28, the Investigation Police in Dong Nai province made prosecution to investigate the death of the elephant.
Vietnamese version, republished from Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, December 28, 2011:
Ha Tinh: Authorities auction off two tonnes of confiscated wildlife
On December 26, the Smuggling Prevention Team of Ha Tinh Police, together with Cau Ke Integrated Control Check-point, stopped a car that was illegally carrying a large amount of wildlife from Laos to Vietnam. Under investigation, they found that there were 141 kg of Bocourt’s water snakes (Enhydris bocourti), 913 kg of water monitors (Varanus salvator) and 821 kg of giant Asian pond turtles (Heosemys grandis). The subject claimed that he was paid a large amount of money to transport the shipment from Huong Son district to Ho Chi Minh Road. Unfortunately on December 26, all live wildlife was auctioned off by Ha Tinh Forest Protection Department.
(Case Ref. 3898/ENV)
Further information about this case is at: http://dantri.com.vn/c20/s255-551199/bat-xe-van-chuyen-trai-phep-gan-2-tan-ran-ky-da-va-rua.htm
Dak Lak: Save biological diversity of Yok Don National Park
Yok Don is not only the biggest national park but also the only dipterocarp forest ecosystem preserved in Vietnam, providing an ideal habitat for many native species. According to recent research, Yok Don has 67 mammal species, 196 bird species, 46 reptile species, 15 amphibian species and about 100 species of insects. Yok Don is home to some globally endangered species such as kouprey (Bos sauveli), giant muntjac (Megamuntiacus vuquangensis), Eld’s deer (Cervus eldi), banteng (Bos banteng), dhole (Cuon alpinus), tiger (Panthera tigris), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and black-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nigripes). The flora is also rich in diversity with 464 species, of which there are many rare species including 23 kinds of orchid with beautiful colors. The biological diversity of Yok Don is an invaluable asset of Vietnam; protecting this area is an important responsibility of the government, the authorities and the Vietnamese people.
Vietnamese version, republished from Dat Viet newspaper December 25, 2011:
Ho Chi Minh City: Imprisonment for trading wildlife
On December 23, the People’s Supreme Court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced a subject living in Binh Tan district to one year’s probation, and a subject living in Nghe An province to 5 months 2 days’ imprisonment for trading rare wildlife. According to court documents, in May 2011 the two subjects bought a dead Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) in Nghe An province and dyed its fur to sell it as a ‘tiger’. On May 25, the two subjects were caught when preparing to deliver the cat.
According to Decree 32/2006/ND-CP, the Asian golden cat belongs to group IB – the group of rare animals prohibited from being exploited, used or traded.
Vietnamese version, republished from Thanh Nien newspaper December 24, 2011:
Tran Thi Duyen
Education for Nature - Vietnam
No. 5 Ngo 192 Thai Thinh
PO Box 222
Dong Da district
Phone/fax: +84 4 3514-8850
www.savingvietnamswildlife.org (English wildlife trade website)