CEPF Report on findings of ATP survey and awareness activities for critically endangered Tortoises and Freshwater turtle species in Central Vietnam

Since 2008 a number Vietnamese Pond Turtles have been seen in the local trade around Binh Son district, such as the animal photographed here. - ATP

This report presents findings by the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of survey and awareness activities for critically endangered Tortoise and Freshwater turtle species in Central Vietnam. The report summarises interview surveys in 11 provinces and field surveys at key sites. Particular focus was made on the critically endangered endemics occurring within Central Vietnam for which little previous knowledge was available. These were the Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis), Bourret’s Indochinese Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti) and the Lesser Indochinese Box Turtle (Cuora picturata). In the report also gives a review on awareness activities completed by the ATP including school programs and novel approaches to community engagement as well as enforcement training.

We would like to thank the provinces Bình Định, Đà Nẵng, Đắk Lắk, Đắk Nông, Gia Lai, Khánh Hòa, Kon Tum, Phú Yên, , Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Thừa Thiên-Huế and donors:  the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (CMZ), U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF), the Turtle Survival Allicance (TSA) who have all contributed to various activates presented in the CEPF report here. As well as our local partner Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV)

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