A new species of damselfly was found in central Vietnam by Dr. Phan Quoc Toan from Da Nang-based Duy Tan University. (Photo courtesy of Phan Quoc Toan) Da Nang (VNS/VNA) - A report about a new species of damselfly (Coeliccia Lecongcoi) – found in central Vietnam – was officially published by Zootaxa (a peer-reviewed scientific journal on animal taxonomy) in early February. Dr. Phan Quoc Toan, Director of the centre for Entomology & Parasitology Research under the Institute of Research & Training of Medicine, Biology & Pharmacy at Da Nang-based Duy Tan University, said on February 25 that the report was posted in the journal on February 4. Toan said the newest species of damselfly was found in the Ngoc Linh nature reserve in Kon Tum province and the National Kon Ka Kinh Park in Gia Lai, while the first species Coeliccia duytan was found in Chu Mom Ray in Kon Tum province. The director said he spent 30 months completing his research on the damselfly in … [Read more...] about New damselfly species found in central Vietnam
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Vietnam's agriculture ministry and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday launched a project to combat wildlife trafficking in Vietnam, with a focus on urban centers where the demand is high. The USAID Saving Species project, with a budget of approximately $10 million, aims to support the Vietnamese government in tackling wildlife crimes in the country, which is currently a major center for the wildlife trade as a consumer, transit route, and supplier of illegal wildlife products. “USAID Saving Species is not just a commitment between the U.S. and Vietnamese governments, it will also link to the efforts of other organizations, within Vietnam and beyond, who are committed to combating wildlife trafficking,” said U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel J. Kritenbrink, at the launch event. "Only by working together can we solve this global issue," he said, as cited in a statement. The project will assist the Vietnamese government in improving the … [Read more...] about Vietnam, US launch joint project to combat wildlife crime
The shipment was hidden well in bags which are used for containing cashews. After a long time collecting information, the customs department in the port stopped clearance of a shipment from Nigeria with a transit port in Cambodia of Tan Vinh Thinh Company which declared to be dried cashew. Before, on April 27, the port’s customs department also found out and seized nearly 4 tons of pangolin scales hidden logs and imported from Congo. Only one week, the customs officials have detected over 7 ton products of pangolin species which are Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and two more are Critically Endangered, worth over VND60 billion ($2.6 million) The Customs department and relevant agencies will carry out further investigation as per the law. Pangolins are the most highly trafficked animal in the world. They are used in Asia for both their meat and their scales, which are made of keratin and in high demand for use in Asian medicine.By DAN NGUYEN – … [Read more...] about Additional 3.3 tons of pangolin scales smuggled into Vietnam
Hanoi (VNA) – The Government of Vietnam is committed to implementing initiatives of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), including those on high-tech organic agriculture, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the plenary meeting of the GMS Business Summit in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Addressing the plenary meeting of the GMS Business Summit in Hanoi on March 30, Prime Minister Phuc also pledged to create a favourable environment and put in place preferential regulations for investment in advanced technology, supporting industries and hi-tech organic agriculture. Taking advantage of Industry 4.0 Science-technology is a path to green and high-value agricultural development, Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said in his speech at an agricultural session in the framework of the GMS Business Summit. The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) presents an opportunity for … [Read more...] about Vietnam commits to realising GMS high-tech agriculture priority
Unless you’re in solitary confinement, you know Tet is coming. Yes, folks, it’s that time of the year for giant sound systems, end of year parties, shopping madness and babies hanging off the front of motorbikes in the cutest brand new clothes mum could find. Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, begins on the 16th of February (Western calendar) 2018. It’s both one of my favorite times of the year and frequently the most stressful. The shops are jammed full of locals stocking up on food, gifts and offerings for the celebrations that occur over the four official days of Tet. Please note that stocks of little red envelopes for the lucky money run out pretty quick too. If you’re part of the non-75% complaining expat crowd, Tet is a fun time to be around. Lots of party invites, unless you’re Daniel Hauer and off the A-list. And with many Vietnamese out of town, it’s a rather quiet time. As I’ve mentioned recently in other articles, you need to plan … [Read more...] about Are you ready for Tet in Vietnam yet?