Press Release: Green Forest No.31

CONTACT:    Nguyen Phuong Dung, Tele. (04) 3514-8850 (Dung.env@fpt.vn)

July 15, 2010 Hanoi - Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) has just released the 31st edition of the popular student nature magazine Green Forest.
This newest edition looks at the plight of the Caovit gibbon, an interesting species named after its distinctively high-pitched singing, endemic to the Cao Bang province and faced with the threat of extinction. Readers also learn about bats and the benefits these flying mammals bring to the ecosystem.

This issue’s focus on pollution highlights the destructive impact of discarded plastic bags on ocean-dwelling creatures. Plastic bags may account for as much as 90% of all garbage afloat on the sea, with over 28,000 pieces of plastic estimated per square kilometer. Plastic bags kill thousands of sea creatures each year and impact the marine ecosystems on which human’s depend for a steady and sustained supply of fish and other marine products.

In the section that looks at ways of coping with climate change and protecting our planet’s bio-diversity, Green Forest examines climate change and how it impacts the lives of trees, animals, and humans.

Readers can also take a discovery tour of Bu Gia Map National Park - the “green lung” of south-eastern Vietnam - or join our national campaign to protect bears. ENV produced nature versions of Sudoku games and other interesting activities will provide children with hours of fun.

As usual, this edition of Green Forest includes contributions from readers from schools across Vietnam wishing to share their ideas and experiences through poems, stories..

Green Forest is produced twice a year and is distributed free of charge. Each issue reaches an estimated 300,000 people nationwide.

ENV wishes to thank the “Go Green- Nature Preservation” program (Toyota Motor Vietnam), Fauna & Flora International, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) for supporting this useful educational resource. ENV would also like to thank our friends and readers who continue to make valuable contributions to this publication.

If you wish to have a topic covered in an upcoming issue of Green Forest or receive additional copies in support of a specific nature environment project that you are working on, please contact Ms. Nguyen Phuong Dung, dung.env@fpt.vn

About Education for Nature - Vietnam

Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) was established in 2000 as Vietnam’s first non-governmental organization focused on conservation of nature and the environment. Our mission is to foster greater understanding amongst the Vietnamese public about environmental issues of local, national and global significance, ranging from protection of wildlife and natural ecosystems to climate change. We employ creative and innovative strategies to influence attitudes and behavior, not only highlighting the need to protect Vietnam’s rich natural heritage and the living world around us, but also encouraging greater public participation in achieving this important and challenging task.

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