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Experts eye ways to protect national park

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Experts eye ways to protect national park

QĐND – Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

Tourism promotion and environmental protection in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park were discussed on Nov. 30 in a seminar between Vietnamese and German representatives.

The seminar is part of a communication project funded by the German Development Cooperation to protect the park.

“Environment protection and tourism development cannot contradict each other. We support Vietnam through new communication initiatives that will be joined by the local community to protect the environment,” said Constanze Esenwein, a representative from the German Embassy.

The participants discussed their attempts to promote environmental protection in the community.

The project will focus on delivering brochures, organising exhibitions and screening documentaries to help the community learn about environmental protection.

Tourists will be responsible for protecting the diversity of fauna and flora in the park, said Constanze.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located to the north of the Truong Son mountain range in the central province of Quang Binh, one of the world’s two largest limestone regions.

The over 200,000ha park includes beautiful formations, grottoes and caves, and boasts lush forests covering 95 percent of the land.

According to initial statistics, the tropical forest in the park houses 140 families, 427 branches, and 751 species of plants, of which 36 are endangered and listed in the Vietnam Red Book.

The forest is also home to 381 species of four-legged invertebrates. Sixty-six species are listed in the Viet Nam Red Book and 23 others in the World Red Book.

Source: VNA

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HSBC takes part in reforestation in Cat Tien National Park

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

HSBC takes part in reforestation in Cat Tien National Park

QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

HSBC Bank (Vietnam) in a joint effort  with Cat Tien National Park will launch a long-term reforestation project to cope with climate change.

Accordingly, within the next three years, HSBC Vietnam will invest nearly VND900 million to plant around 10,000 trees within the 22.5 hectares area. HSBC credit card holders can also take part in the program from August 15th.

The bank will coordinate with the Management Board of the Cat Tien National Park to plant trees for the credit card holders and hang tags with the donors’ names on the trees as recognition of their contribution to the preservation of ecosystem at the Cat Tien National Park.

The project is part of the Climate Camp project jointly held by HSBC and the Wolrd Wild for Nature (WWF) since early 2010.

Source: NLD/ Photo: agro

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Cuc Phuong Park offers wildlife adventures, prehistoric relics

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Cuc Phuong Park offers wildlife adventures, prehistoric relics

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

One of the nation’s largest rainforests in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh has become a hot destination for adventure and nature lovers, complete with wildlife treks and homestays in the communes of Thai and Muong ethnic groups.

Located in the triangle formed by Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh and Thanh Hoa, 120km southwest of Ha Noi, the park is just three hours away from the capital.

The 22,200ha park – home to 2,000 primates, flora, fauna, a series of caves and several big lakes – was established in 1962 by the Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northern part of the country.

Over 300 species of birds have been recorded at Cuc Phuong Park, including red-headed woodpeckers, silver pheasants and the pitta brachyura.

An Endangered Primate Rescue Centre was built to protect endangered animals, including Delacour’s Langur, the Gray-shanked Douc Langur and the Golden Headed Langur, all of which are endemic primates that exist only in Viet Nam.

In spring, between March and May, the park is aflutter with countless butterflies and covered in wild flowers.

“The park hosts around 100,000 tourists annually and the park’s accommodations can hold around 300 visitors a night,” the park’s tour operator, Do Hong Hai, said.

Wildlife trekking

A special wildlife tour was first organised six years ago, but it still only draws a limited number of adventurers, as the number of wild animals in the park have dramatically decreased in recent years.

The park’s staff suggested that tourists should come during the dry season between September and December.

“Tourists will have more trouble during the rainy season, as leeches and mosquitoes are everywhere. However, in the dry season you won’t be as exhausted after your treks,” Hai said.

He said that it’s very rare chance to see leopards, tigers or bears at night because the number of animals has been reduced due to climate change and illegal poaching.

However, he said that the owston civet, the giant black squirrel, the Indian flying squirrel and the loris could be seen between 7pm and 9pm most days.

“You can catch the glowing eyes of the civets, squirrels and loris very often these days. The two hours you will spend tracking them down at night will give you an unforgettable experience and a sleepless night!” Hai said.

Prehistoric cave

Cuc Phuong Park is also well-known for its prehistoric cave.

The limestone cave, which was excavated in 1966, was one of the earliest discoveries of human habitation in the country, with graves, stone axes, bone-made spears and tools dating back some 7,500 years.

During the excavation 44 years ago, archaeologists found skeletons in three tombs where they believed prehistoric people had lived in the forest 7,500 years ago.

In 2000 archaeologists discovered a fossilised sea reptile called placodontia, the first to have been found in Southeast Asia, dating back 200-300 million years.

Visitors can also trek through a primary forest of century-old trees to meet the giant cho tree (parashrea stellata), believed to be around 1,000 years old.

Living with the locals

Khanh Commune –home to 100 Muong people – is the one of six communes recognised as a place to make a homestay by the park administration.

The Muong ethnic commune is an ideal place to stop for the night after an entire day of walking around. Tourists can spend the night and see traditional folk dances around a camp fire at night.

“The travellers can dance along with the locals, and roast potatoes and cassava roots for dinner. A cheerful night in the stilt house will refresh you for your next day’s journey,” said tour guide Le Vu Ha.

Ha said that rafting along the Buoi River was a favourite pastime for travellers.

“It’s very interesting. Local people use bamboo rafts to cross the river, and travellers can try their hands at rowing them,” Pham Van Cuong, a guide from a Ha Noi-based travel agency, said.

“Travellers can row themselves along the river, which is surrounded by rice paddies and corn fields.”

Tourists can also expect to pay US$211 a piece for a group tour for two for a two-day, one-night trip.

Travellers can also get a bus from the Ha Noi-based Giap Bat station to Cuc Phuong at 3pm each day, for a price of VND65,000.

Another bus leaves the station for Nho Quan District, but it needs another 25km drive on a xe om (motorbike taxi) to reach the park.

Tour arrangements can be made through Luxurytravel, Handspan Adventure Travel, Exotissimo Travel and Buffalo Tours in Ha Noi.

To learn more or to book a package, visit

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

100 rare pheasants found in central VN national park

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

100 rare pheasants found in central VN national park

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

A flock of 100 endangered Lophura Diarants pheasants has been discovered in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh.

The images, shot by an automatic camera triggered off by motion, are the first of the birds seen in the wild in Viet Nam.

The group of researchers, who set up the camera, said they were amazed to see so many pheasants in an area densely populated by humans. “It is a sign that this endangered species is recovering,” they said.

The park management said on Tuesday that the bird was listed as endangered globally. Members of the Fasianidae family, mature birds weigh more than a kilogram.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


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Oil floats ashore at the Grand Isle East State Park on Grand Isle, Louisiana.

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 5:21 am

US President Barack Obama dumped George W. Bush’s “war on terror” doctrine Thursday when he unveiled a national security strategy that calls for using America’s still “unmatched” power less overtly.

Obama also put new constraints on the former president’s concept of pre-emptive war and cited national security implications of economic meltdowns, global warming, cyberwarfare, nuclear proliferation, and ethnic conflict.

The strategy turns the page on Bush-era dreams of remaking the global order with American might and recognizes the increasing global engagement of Russia and the emergence of rising powers like China and India.

“To succeed, we must face the world as it is,” the document states.

In putting the first public face to the document, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confidently asserted American power but said it would be used more wisely and less directly than before.

“We are no less powerful,” the chief US diplomat told foreign policy experts at the Brookings Institution think tank, adding that US military and economic power remained “unmatched.”

But the United States is “shifting from mostly direct exercise and application of power to a more sophisticated and difficult mix of indirect power and influence,” Clinton said.

She cited powers ranging from its democratic values to technological innovation.

And she said the United States would harness its “comparative advantage” to “convene and connect broader coalitions of actors.”

Indeed, the new doctrine illustrates an evolution of Obama’s pro-engagement policies after 16 months in power, a period that brought the idealism of his election campaign into conflict with the harsh realities of geopolitics.

Clinton acknowledged that traditional “slow, patient diplomacy” was more difficult today than in the past.

But she said the United States — which she lists among a few nations having “the luxury” of viewing their national interests broadly — works to persuade other countries to focus less narrowly.

She cited Israel as an example, about how it needed to make peace with the Palestinians or end up running the risk of ruling over a non-Jewish majority in the future.

Echoing the document’s points on what she calls “smart power,” Clinton committed to using the sweeping range of foreign policy tools, including diplomacy, economic renewal, development aid, military might and education.

The doctrine calls for tough engagement “without illusion” with US foes like Iran and North Korea, but warns they face deepening isolation if they continue to spurn US advances and fail to throw open their nuclear programs.

The 52-page strategy also preserves the US right to launch unilateral military action, but does so in more restrictive terms than those used by the former Bush administration.

It also seeks to widen the scope of US foreign policy, which became dominated by a doctrinaire “war on terror” following the September 11 attacks in 2001, and led to the war in Iraq, after the invasion of Afghanistan.

“We will always seek to delegitimize the use of terrorism and to isolate those who carry it out,” said the document, the product of intense internal deliberations during the 16 months of the Obama administration.

“Yet this is not a global war against a tactic — terrorism — or a religion — Islam.

“We are at war with a specific network, Al-Qaeda, and its terrorist affiliates who support efforts to attack the United States, our allies, and partners.”

In his final national security strategy in 2006, Bush targeted terrorism as a concept more specifically, declaring boldly “the war on terror is not over.”

In a broader framework, the document sets out a platform for robust engagement, the maintenance of the US military edge and wide social diplomacy and development assistance.

“Our long-term security will not come from our ability to instill fear in other peoples but through our capacity to speak to their hopes,” Obama said in a message introducing the new strategy.

The strategy lists a set of comprehensive threats facing the United States, beginning with the most grave — the threat of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.

For the first time, the new strategy makes combating homegrown extremists, “radicalized” on US soil, a key plank of security policy.

“Our best defenses against this threat are well informed and equipped families, local communities, and institutions,” the document said.

“The federal government will invest in intelligence to understand this threat and expand community engagement and development programs to empower local communities.”

National Security Adviser General James Jones said the new strategy marks two firsts, by highlighting the importance of cybersecurity and elevating the role of the G-20 in international economic cooperation.

Source: SGGP

Southern fruit festival 2010 returns to HCM City park

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Southern fruit festival 2010 returns to HCM City park

QĐND – Saturday, May 22, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)

Specialty fruits and fruit-made artworks will be introduced to visitors during three summer months at Suoi Tien Cultural Park.

This year fruits will be displayed on boats placed around the campus. Visitors will enjoy around 45 species of fruits, including famous specialties like Cho Gao dragon fruit, Long Co Co pomelo, Cu Lao Dung pear-mango, Ba Den custard-apple and Cam Cao mango, along with 30 dishes processed from fruit.

Major activities will comprise a competition to make artworks and cuisine by fruit, the parade of magic seeds and gods of fruits, folk games plus the “Good and Safe Fruit” competition.

The festival will open on June 1 and close on August 31. This event is co-organised by the HCM City Department of Tourism and Suoi Tien Cultural Park to introduce the abundance of fruit in southern Vietnam. The festival will attract the participation of some international fruit associations from China and the US, among others.

Fruit will be sold around 20-40 percent cheaper than at outside markets.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Wild elephants seen in Yok Don National Park

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Wild elephants seen in Yok Don National Park

QĐND – Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

A herd of 32 wild elephants has been spotted in the Yok Don National Park in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, said the park’s Director Truong Van Truong on May 21.

The herd includes 5-6 fully grown tuskers and 4-5 baby elephants, said Truong, adding that this is the first time such a large herd of wild elephants has migrated to the park, which is mainly due to the improvement in the parks biodiversity.

Source: VNA

Photo from for illustration only

Source: QDND

Initial signs show rhino died naturally, not shot: national park

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

Cat Tien National Park authorities have said initial signs showed that a rare rhino reportedly shot dead by poachers had actually died of natural causes.

Forest rangers put together a rhino skeleton recently found in Cat Tien National Park, Lam Dong Province (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam said on May 10 the Rhino had been killed, but an initial investigation by park rangers has found that the endangered animal had in fact died naturally three to five months ago, Cat Tien authorities said May 11.
Tran Van Thanh, the park’s director, said the rhino’s skeleton had been found on an edge of a small stream in Cat Tien District in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
The skeleton had been buried in about 0.4 meter of muddy and soil, he said.
After two days of excavation, park rangers and WWF have unearthed 52.5 kilograms of various bones belonging to the creature’s skeleton.
Mr. Thanh said verification from bone and dung samples, and tracks the rhino left at the scene, had confirmed that the rhino had only one horn.
The park is arranging the skeleton, seeking remaining bones, confirming the animal’s species and investigating the cause of the rhino’s death.

Related article:
Endangered Javan rhino killed by poachers

Source: SGGP

Students open free library at HCMC park

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:17 am

Students open free library at HCMC park

QĐND – Sunday, May 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Every Sunday morning, a crowd of readers, young and old, gather around the stacks of books at Le Van Tam park to devour their favorite authors after excersises at dawn.

The free open-air library was started ten weeks ago by Nguyen Thi Thao and Nguyen Thu Hien, two juniors from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics.

They set up the books on the ground and on benches at the Ho Chi Minh City park at 6 a.m. and quickly have dozens of readers, both Vietnamese and foreign, sitting down to join them.

Dang Van Thuan, 64, from Binh Thanh District, said he and his friends were now in the habit of reading every Sunday after their morning excersises, thanks to the library. 

“There’s no place better for reading than a park […] All we have to do is choose books and read them without following complicated procedures to borrow books like at libraries,” Thuan said.

Duong Quoc Thai, a a waiter at a District 8-restaurant, said he came to the park by bus to read every week.

“I love books, but my salary is just enough to make ends meet. This library lends books absolutely for free, so it’s very good for people like me,” he said.

Thao and Hien said they were inspired to open the library by a TV program featuring a free public library run by a group of US students at a busy intersection and another set up by an Australian group for children in poor areas.

At first they asked permission to open the reading center at a park in District 10, but they were told they’d have to pay fees to do so. They then managed to wrangle and agreement from management at Le Van Tam.

Since the library opened, readers have donated more than 200 books to the stacks, bringing the total archive to 400 titles, the two 19-year-old girls said. 

More than ten people have volunteered to help organize and manage the library, prompting the girls to start plannning to open the library during the week as well.

They also said they were interested in opening libraries at other parks too.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Source: QDND

An information center on tortoises opened in Cuc Phuong National Park

In Politics-Society on March 13, 2010 at 4:37 am

An information center on tortoises opened in Cuc Phuong National Park

QĐND – Friday, March 12, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The CucPhuongNational Park has recently unveiled an information center on tortoises, the first of its kind in the region, with an aim to protect Vietnam’s land and freshwater tortoises.

On display at the Center for Tourists, located in the tortoise preservation center, are introduction boards, pools for freshwater tortoises, incubation rooms, spaces for off-springs, tent models and trails for hunters.

As Tim Mac Commack from the Asia Tortoise Preservation Programme said, Vietnam is one of the important hot spots on tortoise diversity in Asia. There are 25 land and 5 freshwater tortoise species in Vietnam, home of two unique tortoise species in Central Vietnam and in the SwordLake in Hanoi.

The fact is that Vietnam has seen a dramatic decline in wild tortoise due to tortoise trafficking to China over the past 15 years.

According to several studies by international scientists, no wild tortoises in Central Vietnam were seen, while there remain four SwordLake tortoises in the world.

Source: TP

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND