Vietnam: Nearly 900 Species Are Threatened With Extinction

The latest
red list was compiled by
the
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA),
the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and the
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
    Nearly 900
species are threatened with extinction and at least 10 more have vanished from Vietnam, according to the latest “red list” of
endangered plants and animals released this week in Hanoi.
    Dang Ngoc
Thanh, head of the 2007 Vietnam Red List, said Thursday the number of
threatened species had increased from 725 in the 1992-1996 red list to 882 in
the latest version.
    In the
earlier red list, many species were endangered at the highest threat level, he
said, but the latest list included many species in the extinct category.
    Some
species which have been classified as endangered previously are now ranked
critically endangered, he said.
    The list
showed the risk to many species had jumped considerably over the past 15 years,
Thanh said.
    Threats to
plant and animal life come from humans over-exploiting natural resources, the
reduction of natural distributions and the low priority given to protecting
wildlife habitats, he said.
    Of the 10
extinct species, some can be found in neighboring countries
    Vu Van
Trieu, chief representative of IUCN in Vietnam, said the 2007 Vietnam Red
List served as an assessment of the country’s biodiversity as well as a useful
forecast.
    The list
can be used as the basis for the implementation and improvement of Vietnam’s
biodiversity laws, he said.
    In related
news, Ho Chi Minh City-based non-profit Wildlife At Risk (WAR) and HCMC Forest
Rangers Office have lately returned 66 wild animals confiscated from illegal
wildlife traders to Cat
Tien National
Park
, about 150 kilometers to the north of HCMC.

 

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