Black bear sighting in Vietnam indicates conservation success01/08/2014 09:21:07
A rare Asiatic black bear has been recorded by WWF camera traps in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam.
Due to its white patch on its chest the Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus),is also known as the moon bear or white-chested bear, and is classed by the IUCN as a vulnerable species.
The sighting is an important indicator of the success of the conservation efforts by WWF and the Vietnamese government to improve the quality of the area’s forests and preserve the unique species diversity.
The framework of the Carbon and Biodiversity Programme (CarBi) covers an area of more than 200,000ha of forest, along a vital mountain range that links Laos and Vietnam in Southeast Asia.
It aims to protect and regenerate unique forest by stopping deforestation through protection and sustainable use of its resources.
The Asiatic black bear is not the only rare species to have been spotted since the programme was implemented, for several other valuable species have been found, including the Sunda pangolin, large-antlered muntjac, serrow, Annamite striped rabbit, and Saola, which was rediscovered for the first time in 15 years in 2013.
“They are species affected by illegal hunting which our forest guard patrols and Protection Area management activities should be limiting," said Phan Tuan, Head of Quang Nam Forest Protection Department, Quang Nam’s CarBi project’ Director.
"Their existence is also dependent on good quality forest. I believe that these photographs are very important monitoring indicators of our conservation impacts.”