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In2002, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) discovered 26 Cao Vitgibbons on a limestone mountain that spreads across Phong Nam, NgocKhe and Ngoc Con communes of Trung Khanh district.
Immediately after the discovery, FFI coordinated with forest rangers andlocal authorities to carry out measures to eliminate threats to thegibbon community.
Community-based preservationgroups were promptly established, and all local households wereencouraged to sign commitments to protect the species.
A project to preserve Cao Vit gibbons was set up in 2004. Its aim wasto restore and expand the habitat for the primates in an area close tothe Vietnam-China border.
In 2007, FFI helped foundthe Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Area, which covers 1,657 hectares in thethree aforementioned communes. Two years later, the organisation workedwith the Forestry Bureau of China’s Guangxi province to set up aprotective area in a 6,530 hectare adjoining forest in its Zhengxidistrict.
The Cao Vit gibbon conservation projectstarted in March 2004. It has organised training courses to raisepeople’s awareness in protecting the species and established communitypatrol groups to oversee the habitat and biodiversity.
The project has also helped local residents acquire sustainablemethods and effective ways in improving their livelihood and eradicatingpoverty, thus protecting the conservation area.
Toreduce people’s dependence on forest resources, the project formed threelivestock interest groups in the communes. Member households wereprovided with loans worth a total of 150 million VND. Additionally, morethan 430 households in the localities have also been trained incultivation and breeding techniques since 2007.
Inparticular, the reduction of the use of wood as fuel is considered oneof the project’s main activities. Local residents have receivedassistance in building hundreds of fuel-efficient stoves and 22 biogastanks which produced gas for fuel from animal waste. Fuel-woodplantations have been formed using local tree species to provide analternative source of wood that can be used as fuel.
To control livestock grazing in forests, the project has helped localpeople expand fodder crops to nearly three hectares and providedfacilities for livestock breeding households around the conservationarea.
The project has given financial support toconstruct local cultural centres and coordinated with Trung Khanhdistrict’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and itsagriculture promotion office to teach rice and corn growing methods tolocal people.
Thanks to these efforts, thepopulation of Cao Vit gibbons has risen to 24 troops with 129individuals, a recent FFI survey shows.-VNA