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Continue to implement Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Project in Trung Khanh

Fauna and Flora International (FFI) led by Mr. Josh Kempinski, FFI Vietnam Country Director, had a meeting with the Provincial People's Committee on continuing to implement the Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Project Trung Khanh (Cao Bang).

Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Trung Thao speaks at the meeting.

Attending the meeting were leaders of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Provincial Forest Protection Department. Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Trung Thao chaired the meeting.

The Conservation Area, which was established for Cao Vit gibbon conservation under the Decision No. 2536/QD-UBND dated November 15 2006 by Cao Bang Provincial People's Committee, covers 1.656,80 hectares locating on the territory of Ngoc Khe, Ngoc Con and Phong Nam communes in Trung Khanh district.

It was not until 2002 that scientists, through the research and statistics of FFI, rediscovered a flock of this gibbon species of 26 individuals living in the forest. According to recent statistics on Cao Vit gibbon, there are about 22 flocks with about 134 individuals. The habitat of the Gibbon is well protected and there have not been any threats to the existence of Cao Vit Gibbon recorded till now, which is a good indication for the long-term recovery and development of the Cao Vit gibbons.

At the meeting, Mr. Josh Kempinski highly appreciated the efforts of the province in the process of project coordination. In the coming time, FFI hopes to continue implementing the project with higher goals including expanding the conservation area to ensure the development of the gibbons; to set up a Project Management Board, from part-time to full-time, focusing on monitoring activities of Cao Vit gibbon to collect data on this rare primate species; to develop a conservation plan in combination with tourism development to promote Cao Vit gibbons; to study the creation of new populations for herd separation in order to enrich the ecosystem.

Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Trung Thao highly appreciated the new proposals of FFI; He also affirmed that the province would work closely with FFI to implement projects for conserving and developing this rare primate species. He noted that the project construction should take into account the goal of supporting the economic development of the people in the project area so that the project can develop effectively and sustainably.
Tu Thuan