Biodiversity conservation initiative launches in Vietnam



Posted on 14 May 2004  | 
Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis, also known as Vu Quang ox).
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Hanoi, Vietnam - A new conservation initiative for Vietnam's Central Truong Son, or Annamite, region was lauched today by Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and WWF Indochina.
 
The Central Truong Son Biodiversity Conservation Initiative (period 2004–2020) is the result of a long term successful cooperation between MARD and WWF, working with a broad group of stakeholders in this rich natural landscape in central Vietnam. The collaborative process of conservation planning formed part of WWF Indochina's Annamites Ecoregion Action Programme, which is part funded by USAID.
 
The Central Truong Son ‘landscape’ area was prioritized for critical conservation actions in the Greater Annamites Ecoregion. The landscape covers seven provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Binh Dinh and Da Nang City, and is of very high national and global significance for its biodiversity and cultural heritage.  It supports a large number of both unique and endangered species — from the world’s most endangered species like the tiger, to endemic species such as the large-antlered muntjac, the grey-shanked douc langur, and the recently discovered saola.
 
The Central Truong Son Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is based on the recognition that sporadic efforts at individual sites can be neither efficient nor effective at conserving functioning ecological systems or in halting the loss of natural resources. It aims to ensure that natural ecosystem functions are maintained to: secure the global biodiversity value of the landscape for future generations;guarantee vital environmental services;and, through sustainable management support stable, improved livelihoods for rural communities. 
 
The initiative will engage stakeholders at all levels, across a multitude of administrative and institutional boundaries, in conservation action to create a constituency acting towards the long-term integrity of the landscape. Rural communities must be recognised as the key custodians of their local natural resources. It is based on long-term, ambitious goals designed and achieved by key stakeholders. 

The launch comes after three years of biological assessment, research, and situation analysis studies, and planning and consultation with stakeholders. The initiative was endorsed by the Vietnamese overnment on 9 January 2004, and officially issued by MARD on 22 March 2004. 
   
The long-term objective of the Central Truong Son Biodiversity Conservation Initiative is to establish an integrated mosaic of complementary land-use and development practice to protect, manage, and restore natural resources and biodiversity in the Truong Son region. It will harmonize the Vietnam’s industrialization and modernization process, while contributing to institutional development, good governance, and raised standards of living for local communities. 
 
MARD and WWF are working with various partners to implement this initiative and gain a broader cooperation towards conservation of the Greater Annamites. 
 
Contact:
Nguyen Thi Dao
Truong Son Programme Manager, WWF Indochina
E-mail: dao@wwfvn.org.vn
Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis, also known as Vu Quang ox).
© WWF-Canon / David Hulse Enlarge
Launching ceremony of the Central Truong Son Initiative in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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