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Education for the next generation is key to better conservation for tortoises and freshwater turtles in Central Vietnam

Many people throughout the world are still largely unaware of the threats and high risk of extinction that many species face. In Vietnam, the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo Myanmar Conservation (IMC) had always considered education and awareness raising as a key activity necessary to ensure conservation of the country’s rarest Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle (TFT) species.

From the 01st-07th of October 2017, we carried out our school turtle lessons plans as part of our environmental education program in three secondary schools (Binh Minh, Binh Trung, and Binh Khuong Secondary Schools) in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, Central Vietnam. The lessons focus on raising awareness of young students not only to one important species of turtle, endemic to a few provinces in central Vietnam, the Critically Endangered Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis), but also all 25 tortoise and freshwater turtles recorded in the country. In total 36 classes and 1,238 students joined the course with presentations and an educational game. More books on conservation, the environment and wildlife were also provided to each school for their libraries.

The Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis) only occurs in lowland coastal wetlands of Central Vietnam. Most wild populations have already disappeared due to habitat loss, hunting for trade and traditional medicine. The ATP team hopes this program will help students understanding the situation of turtle in their surrounding area and what they can do to help conserve them in the future.

If you would like to see more on our awareness activities or find out how you can support please visit our website www.asianturtleprogram.org

Nguyen Thanh Luan – Asian Turtle Program (ATP)/Indo Myanmar Conservation (IMC)
Date: 12th October 2017

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Quang Ngai SP

Above: The Critically Endangered Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis). Photo by: Tim McCormack - ATP/IMC

Quang Ngai SP

Above: Students in Binh Trung Secondary School “investigating” the shell of a turtle during the lecture to understanding about turtle’s skeleton structure. Photo by Võ Thị Vy Tâm - IMC volunteer.

 

Quang Ngai SP
Above: Ms. Nguyen Thu Thuy, the ATP’s training coordinator talking about the Critically Endangered Vietnamese Pond Turtle for students in Binh Minh Secondary School. Photo by Võ Thị Vy Tâm - IMC volunteer.

 

Quang Ngai SP

Above: Many kinds of books that relate to the environment and wildlife were given to the three schools for their libraries. Photo by Nguyen Thu Thuy - ATP/IMC.

 

Quang Ngai SP
Above: Students in Binh Khuong Secondary School were reading books in the library of their school. Part of these book are gifted by IMC during this program.
Photo by Nguyen Thu Thuy - ATP/IMC

 

Thank you:

 

We would like to thank Binh Son district department of education, secondary schools of Binh Khuong, Binh Minh, Binh Trung commune, especially to our wonderful volunteers, Vo Thi Vy Tam and Nguyen Thi Quyen of Da Nang University of Teaching, for their supports to this year school program. Special thanks to Ms. Weng Yan Nash for your support to purchase books. We would also like to thank the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), IUCN for supporting the Mauremys project and this school program..

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Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Consevration
Office: Room#1806 CT1, C14 Bac Ha building, To Huu Street,
Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
PO Box 46
Tel: +84 (0) 24 7302 8389
Email: info@asianturtleprogram.org

 

 

 
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PO Box 46
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