NGO founded: January 2013
Partnership formed: October 2013
Organisation aim: The mission of Viet Nature Conservation Centre (Viet Nature) is to research and apply sustainable solutions to nature and biodiversity conservation; to maintain and restore ecosystems; to manage natural resources sustainably; and to make appropriate responses to climate change.
Viet Nature is a newly established Vietnamese NGO, which has evolved from the BirdLife Vietnam Programme. As a consequence Viet Nature has inherited a prestigious portfolio and conservation track record stretching back 20 years.
Based on BirdLife Vietnam Programme’s extensive knowledge of biodiversity inventory, monitoring and conservation planning, Viet Nature has prioritised the following project areas: the Annamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area (in Central Vietnam), the Central Highlands, the coastal wetland sites in Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.
Key project activities include:
- Species and habitats conservation and ecosystem restoration
- Community-based conservation and sustainable natural resource management
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation for biodiversity and human well being;
- Biodiversity monitoring and scientific research;
- Environmental awareness raising and education;
- Policy and advocacy for biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource management.
Partnership with WLT
Initial introductions were made possible by mutual contacts at BirdLife International. The relationship with World Land Trust (WLT) was reinforced by Viet Nature's participation at the WLT/IUCN NL partners symposium (Singapore, September 2012) and IUCN NL’s REDD+ learning programme (Philippines, November 2012).
Projects with WLT
Following a short-term consultancy funded by Birdlife International and carried out by WLT's Roger Wilson (Senior Conservationist: Special Projects Development) in March 2013, WLT is working with Viet Nature on developing a Carbon Balanced project in the Khe Nuoc Trong area in north central Vietnam, within the Annamese Lowlands EBA (Endemic Bird Area).
The Khe Nuoc Trong site covers 49,420 acres (approximately 20,000 hectares). The forest and its biodiversity are of high global importance and it is one of just a handful of sites where the critically endangered Edwards’s Pheasant (Lophura edwardsi) and the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) - one of the world's rarest mammals - may still exist in the wild.
A wide range of other threatened species also inhabit Khe Nuoc Trong including five restricted range bird species including one vulnerable species, the Crested Argus (Rheinardia ocellata) plus provisional records of the critically endangered Edwards’s Pheasant.
The site is home to at least three recently discovered and very rare mammals: Large-antlered Muntjac (Muntiacus vuquangensis) (Endangered), Annamite Muntjac (Muntiacus truongsonensis) and Annamite Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi). There are also recent unconfirmed reports of the critically endangered Saola.
Other endangered mammals recorded at Khe Nuoc Trong are Southern White-cheeked Crested Gibbon (Nomascus siki) and Red-shanked Douc (Pygathrix nemaeus).
However, the forest area is being degraded and reduced as a result of illegal logging and the species within it are also threatened by rampant hunting.
Viet Nature has developed a conservation strategy, in consultation with the Quang Binh provincial authorities, which will allow Viet Nature to take a 30 year lease in the core area of Khe Nuoc Trong and to implement a robust protection programme over the entire site. This will halt further degradation of high-quality forest and allow the damaged areas to recover.
The positive impacts on avoided CO2 emissions and increased carbon stocking in the recovering forest makes the area a good site for voluntary offsetting by WLT supporters through the Carbon Balanced programme.
At its most basic level, the conservation actions supported by WLT will prevent inevitable future deforestation in areas of the forest that are still in good condition and allow the already degraded areas to revert to high quality forest via ongoing protection from logging and hunting in combination with the sustainable extraction of non-timber forest products.
In addition to providing funding from the Carbon Balanced programme, WLT will also support one of the Viet Nature rangers in Khe Nuoc Trong through its Keepers of the Wild programme.
Director: Le Trong Trai
Address: Apt 202, Building 18T2, Le Van Luong Str, Hanoi, Vietnam