Saturday, 28 March 2015

Bio-diversity hotspot in Vietnam saved as part of Forests of Hope programme

The future of one of South-East Asia’s richest biodiversity hotspots has been made more secure thanks to an innovative new agreement that aims to see such forests protected.

A 30-year environmental lease on 768 ha of lowland broadleaved evergreen forest at Dong Chau in north-central Vietnam, was signed by members of the Viet Nature Conservation Centre (an independent NGO), local Vietnamese authorities and environmental officials.

It is the first partnership agreement of its kind in Vietnam and was part of Birdlife International’s Forests of Hope programme, aimed at achieving large-scale forest conservation and restoration for the benefit of people and nature.

The announcement of the lease may have come just in time for Khe Nuoc Trong Forest.

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