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Green Forest: Swinhoe’s turtle legend


Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV) announces the release of its 33rd issue of the popular children’s nature magazine, Green Forest, which includes helpful information about the natural environment. Green Forest 33 features the life of the Swinhoe’s turtle, a symbol of spiritual culture closely attached to the history of the Vietnamese people. This publication introduces the biological characteristics and natural habitat of this rare animal. With only four individuals remaining, Swinhoe’s turtle is truly facing extinction and the question is, whether our next generation will still have an opportunity to see it.
In addition, Green Forest encourages readers to discover the wonders of saltwater rays, and gives an overview of Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary – a protected nature reserve and coastal paradise for
rare birds. Readers also have the opportunity to learn about nuclear power, a controversial but sustainable energy source for Vietnam.
This issue’s Ranger Bear comic has Ranger Bear taking on a deep cover investigation of the bear bile business, using his skills and a range of excellent disguises. Green Forest also includes contributions from students and educators throughout the country, as well as activities, games, cartoons, and stories that provide an enjoyable way for students to learn about important issues relating to nature and the environment. Students have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about environmental protection with others through stories, poems, or letters mailed to ENV for inclusion in Green Forest.

Green Forest Nature Magazine was first produced in 1998, 33 issues have since been produced and distributed mainly to children in rural communities bordering parks and protected areas throughout Vietnam. ENV estimates Green Forest currently reaches about 300,000 regular readers.

Hanoi, December 14, 2011

Past issues of Green Forest can be downloaded from the ENV website through the following link:


Thank you:


ENV would like to thank Toyota Motor Vietnam, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit- GIZ, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the Auckland Zoo for supporting this issue of Green Forest.


Contact ENV
Communication and Public Awareness Unit
Education for Nature- Vietnam (ENV)
Tel/Fax: (84-4) 3514 8850
Website: (Vietnamese); (English)

If your organization is interested in helping ENV produce the next issue of Green Forest, please contact



Education for Nature- Vietnam
Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) was established in 2000 as Vietnam’s first non-governmental organization focused on the conservation of nature and the environment. Our mission is to foster greater understanding amongst the Vietnamese public about environmental issues of local, national and global significance, ranging from the protection of wildlife and natural ecosystems to climate change. We employ creative and innovative strategies to influence attitudes and mobilize Vietnamese citizens to live in balance with the natural world and to take action to protect Vietnam’s precious environment.


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