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National Workshop to develop
a Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Conservation Plan for Vietnam

From the 28th - 29th of November 2016 a workshop was held in Cuc Phuong commune, Ninh Binh province to develop a 'National Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Conservation Plan to 2025, with a vision to 2030. The workshop was co-hosted by the Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MoNRE) and the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo Myanmar Conservation (IMC). Attended by 49 participants from national wildlife protection agencies, NGO's, key rescue centres and priority provinces for Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle (TFT) conservation.

The goal of the workshop was to present findings from recent research on the status, distribution and threats of Vietnam's 25 native TFT species and to discuss key actions required for their protection as part of a comprehensive conservation plan over the next 15 years.  Actions for effective protection, enforcement, improvements to legislation, research and captive assurance breeding were discussed. In addition, for the most critically threatened and endemics species day two of the workshop presented outlines for species recovery plans. These covered five critically endangered species, the endemic Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis), Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), the Indochinese Box Turtle (Cuora galbinifrons), Bourrets Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti) and endemic Southern Vietnamese Box Turtle (Cuora picturata).

With the development of a solid framework of actions for conservation of this important group of species a TFT conservation plan will be submitted to the Prime Minster for approval by the end of next year. Creating an important foundation for future TFT conservation in Vietnam.

Press release by: Hoang Van Ha - ATP/IMC
Date: 5th December 2016

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Above: Participants at the national workshop to develop a conservation plan for tortoise and freshwater turtles in Vietnam. Photo by: Pham Van Thong – ATP/IMC.

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Mr. Tran Trong Anh Tuan, Head of the Species Conservation Department, BCA presenting a review on legal basis for protection of TFT in Vietnam. Photo by: Pham Van Thong – ATP/IMC. Mr. Peter Paul van Dijk, Co-Chair of TFTSG presenting Global perspective on TFT trade, current CITES and IUCN red listing status - implications for Vietnam at the workshop. Photo by: Pham Van Thong – ATP/IMC. Hoang Van Ha of the ATP presenting current knowledge and status of the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle group at the workshop. Photo by: Pham Van Thong – ATP/IMC. The Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis), endemic to central Vietnam and critically endangered. One focal species of the workshop. Photo by: Tim McCormack – ATP/IMC.


We would like to thank all those who have offered support for this workshop, including Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (CMZ) and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). We would also like to thank all BCA/MoNRE staff for their collaboration, international expert, national researchers, and provincial authorities for their contributions during 2-day long workshop.

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