BINH PHUOC – Rearing wild animals and growing rare plantations were topics discussed as measures to protect some species from extinction at a conference recently held in Bu Gia Map National Park.
The event drew scientists, local people and forest staff and was aimed at enhancing forest protection in the park, which spans both central highland Dak Nong Province and southern Binh Phuoc Province, covering an area of 26,032ha.
Park Director Nguyen Dai Phu said local people, police, relevant officials and scientists need to work together to achieve results.
Luu Hong Truong, deputy director of the Centre for Bio-diversity and Development at the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology, suggested rearing wild animals such as wild cats, civets and monkeys in efforts to protect their numbers from decline due to their being hunted for meat.
"It is impossible to rear dangerous animals such as tigers, panthers and bears in small set-ups however," he said, adding, "all we can do is protect them from possible dangers, especially from the hunting."
According to Phu, it is much easier to protect plantations, 46 ha having already been marked off for developing rare and valuable trees.
A recent survey revealed that 1,096 plantations, including 9 species, were in danger at global level.
Phu said they would build a programme to reserve and develop local culture alongside bio-tourism services, giving jobs to the local ethic people in buffering zones to prevent them from destroying the forest and illegally hunting local animals to earn a living. – VNS