Quang Nam sets up an elephant sanctuary

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(QNO) - The Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Quang Nam People’s Committee have just announced a decision on the establishment of elephant conservation area in Phuoc Ninh and Que Lam communes, Nong Son district (Quang Nam province). The project covers an area of nearly 19,000ha. According to Head of the provincial Department of Forest Management Phan Tuan, there are at least 7 individuals of elephant living in a complete herd and growing well.

The announcement ceremony on the establishment of elephant sanctuary
The announcement ceremony on the establishment of elephant sanctuary

The sanctuary has an important meaning when various animals in the world including Vietnam are in danger of extinction because of the narrowing of natural forests, and illegal trade in elephant ivory.

 The elephant herd in Nong Son district. Photo: dantri.com
The elephant herd in Nong Son district. Photo: dantri.com.vn

The elephant sanctuary is in the area of Green Truong Son project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the sum of 24 million USD.

American Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius visits elephant exhibition in Nong Son district. Photo. Dantri.com.vn
American Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius visits elephant exhibition in Nong Son district. Photo. Dantri.com.vn

Speaking at the announcement ceremony, Ambassador Ted Osius said local residents’ life improvement, bio-diversification conservation, and sustainable economic growth are important parts in American commitments for Vietam. Ensuring the safe living environment for Asian elephant is a proud task. At the same time, improving the locals’ income is also a solution. So, USAID is cooperating with Quang Nam province to improve the locals’ livelihood in and around this conservation area, supervise bio-diversification and raise the locals’ awareness of conservation.