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     Quảng Nam province plans to allocate a fund of VNĐ100 billion (US$ 4.4 million) to restore a 100 ha forest as a safe habitat for a herd of gray-shanked douc langurs (pygathrix cinerea) living in Đồng Cổ village, Tam Mỹ Tây commune of Núi Thành district in 2019 - 2028.

     Vice Chairman of the Provincial people’s committee Lê Trí Thanh said the state budget would provide 60 percent for the fund, while the remainder would be taken from NGOs or community and businesses. The fund would help isolate human activities on log farms in the area from the gray-shanked douc langurs, and conserve 30 ha natural forest as a safe shelter for the endangered primates. The fund would be used for compensation of 70 ha acacia log farm of 30 households living in 6 villages in the area.

 

A gray-shanked douc langur (pygathrix cinerea) is seen living in a forest area of Đồng Cổ village,

Tam Mỹ Tây commune of Núi Thành district in Quảng Nam province

 

     The Province, in co-operation with the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), plans to include the forest area as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Green Annamites Project.

     According to the province, the Green Annamites Project will be invested with approximately US$24 million in Quảng Nam and Thừa Thiên - Huế provinces in assisting Việt Nam’s transition to climate-smart and low-emission development through improved forest protection, enhanced biodiversity conservation, and increased resilience of communities in 2016 - 2020. Currently, the herd of the langurs has been narrowed in a 10 ha primary forest as the fast growing development of acacia log farm - one of the most profitable woods in the central region.

 

A communication banner set up in Núi Thành district to warn about the living

area of the gray-shanked douc langurs among community

 

     In a recent report by the province’s Forest Protection Division, a herd of about 50 gray-shanked douc langurs was found living in the forest over the past 10 years. Local community and the district ranger force established a voluntarily team to protect the endangered primates from being hunted in recent years.

     According to experts from the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Việt Nam Primate Conservation Programme, some 1,000 gray-shanked doucs have been found in forests of five provinces, including Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, Kon Tum and Gia Lai. The gray-shanked douc langur is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list as one of the world’s 25 critically endangered primates.

 

Phạm Tuyên (Source VNS)

 

 

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