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Environmental Education Training Course Focuses on Turtle Conservation in Vietnam

From 01st to 06th February 2010, an environmental education training course was held in Hanoi for five staff of the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The training was organized by Education for Nature Vietnam and designed to focuses on improving skills in developing, organizing and conducting community meetings and school programs to increase awareness and promote conservation of some of Vietnam’s rarest turtle species.

Training in Hanoi focused on programs relating too the endemic Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis) and the famous Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). Trainees also practiced their new skills conducting a special lesson plan focused on Rafetus for classes, grades 6 to 9 at a secondary school in Son Tay district near Dong Mo Lake where the world’s last known wild Rafetus can be found. The team also trialed a new Rafetus adult-focused community meeting in local communities.

Following the training course, AT staff will be involved in additional community and school activities in northern and central Vietnam focused on protecting turtles.

Support for the training and community meetings was provided by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Press release by: Nguyen Thu Thuy - ATP
12th February 2010

Download this press release PDF here: English pdf








community meetingOne community group discusses Rafetus swinhoei conservation during the community meeting


school program

Pupils learn about turtles playing the Lucky Turtle board game


Thank you:


The ATP tortoise and freshwater turtle field skill training course has been supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Birdlife International and Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. We would also like to thank Education for Nature Vietnam for holding the training


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Office: Room#1302, Thanh Cong Tower, 57 Lang Ha Street,
Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: +84 (0) 4 3514 9750
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