VietNamNet Bridge – Cu Lao Cham is only 20 minutes by speedboat from Hoi An. The island has been sitting on my must-see list for a long time. Not only was it a dream destination in children’s adventure books, it was also known as a paradise of crystal clear water, lush green foliage, pristine beaches and, last but not least, an inviting seabed perfect for amateur snorkeling. Tourists: Speed boats taking visitors to the Cham Islands leave the wharf in the morning and return in the afternoon. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha We signed up for the most popular tour, with a ticket covering a return boat ride, snorkeling and swimming, a seafood lunch, and, of course, the environment fee. Cu Lao Cham, or known in English as Cham Islands Biosphere Reserve, was recognised as a Global Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2009, under its “Man and the Biosphere Programme”, for its rich biodiversity. The reserve covers an area of 5,000ha, including 165ha of coral reef … [Read more...] about Cu Lao Cham, the reality of the conservation park
The conservation fund
Conservation fund to grant support to national parks (11-05-2005) HA NOI — About 50 of Viet Nam’s national parks and nature reserves are to be provided with small grants and technical support for the protection of biodiversity in forests. This is a new approach to the conservation of these areas in Viet Nam, initiated by the Viet Nam Conservation Fund (VCF) and supported with major grants from the Netherlands, through the Trust Fund for Forestry (TFF) and the Global Environment Facility. The US$15million at the VCF’s disposal will be distributed by the Forest Protection Department and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as part of the World Bank-supported Forest Sector Development Project. The support will concentrate on strengthening the management boards of protected areas and encouraging greater planning and management involvement from local people in protected areas, towards the achievement of Viet Nam’s forestry policy objectives. "The … [Read more...] about Conservation fund to grant support to national parks
A group of biologists have spent days trailing a troop of primates in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, before they eventually caught up with about 30 gray-shanked douc langurs having an afternoon meal in the treetops some 30 metres above the ground. "I was lucky. Those endangered primates are so afraid of humans, they will run from anything that may threaten them," explained Tran Huu Vy, director of the Biodiversity Conservation Centre - GreenViet. "The existence of such a crowd of langurs is evidence of over effective environmental protection and the park's rich biodiversity," he said. The 42,000-ha Kon Ka Kinh National Park in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has been a safe haven for about 250 gray-shanked douc langurs (pygathrix cinerea) - the world's largest troop living in the central region of Vietnam. Vy and his German colleagues from the Frankfurt Zoological Society's Vietnam Primate Conservation Programme have pursued a long-term conservation, protection and education … [Read more...] about The fight to keep langurs swinging free
The park, whose name means high slope in the language of the Thai tribe, is located in the southwest of Nghe An Province along the border with Laos and extends from the crest of the Truong Son Range down the steep eastern flank to the evergreen lowlands. Spread over Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong districts, it comprises a protected core zone of 95,000 hectares and a buffer zone of 86,000 hectares. Biodiversity Pu Mat boasts amazing biodiversity in its moist forests. Surveys in recent years by the EU-funded Social Forestry and Nature Conservation in Nghe An Province have turned up close to 2,500 plant species, three of them new to science, and 1,000 animal species. Several critically endangered species are found there, including one of the world's rarest mammals - the Saola, also known as the Vu Quang ox or Asian unicorn (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis). This bovine denizen of the Truong Son's remote, steep-sided valleys first came to the attention of the scientific community in 1992, … [Read more...] about Inside the great animal gene pool
VietNamNet Bridge – Hoi An has over 1,000 ancient houses, of which 107 are in need of urgent repair while 55 are seriously dilapidated. The Director of the Hoi An Culture and Sports Centre, Vo Phung, said that the town is a living legacy and each house is a heritage waiting to be restored, which should be acted upon according to the Heritage Law. With so many ancient houses, Hoi An is obliged to spend a huge part of its annual budget on restoration work. "The city issued the guideline, "preservation for development," and not exploit to develop, as Hoi An appreciates the value of conservation, along with the economic benefits," he said. The values that Hoi An promotes are incalculable, however, to preserve every street corner, every house and the lifestyles of generations of people during the current era of integration is a difficult problem that has concerned the local authorities for some time. Le Van Giang, chairman of the City People's Committee, said it is essential to … [Read more...] about Can historic Hoi An thrive in the 21st century?