Protect the endemic and critically endangered Vietnam Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis) in Central Vietnam via communicate activity- Countryside football

A match between Tra Lam village and Thanh Tra village. Photo by: Nguyen Thanh Luan - ATP

Vietnam Pond turtle (Mauremys annamensis) is one of three endemic and critically endangered species of turtle of Vietnam. Lowland wetland and small pond at central Vietnam from Da Nang city to Phu Yen province is habitat of this species. But the habitat change, hunt and trade are the biggest pushed this species to brink of extinct.

Binh Son district, Quang Ngai province is important district for Vietnam Pond turtle with good habitat and condition. In this district, The Asian Turtle Program (ATP) has had many activities since 2008 to conservation this species as interview survey, field survey to study habitat and situation of this species; commune meeting, school program and football to raise awareness of local people.

On 10th and 11th June 2014, The Binh Khuong YA, Binh Khuong commune, Binh Son district has organized mini football which was financed by the ATP. The football match has participated of 7 teams of 5 villages in Binh Khuong commune with total 18 matches during two days.

Through this activity, local people have knowledge about the endemic turtle also situation of this special and raise awareness to protect turtles and wild animal distribute in this commune. With many conservation activities was conducted in this commune, the ATP hope the trade and hunt will be reduce and local people will protect turtle with scientist together.

Press release by: Nguyen Thanh Luan – ATP
Date: 11th June 2014

Chau Binh village – youngest and the 3rd prize team in the football match. Photo credit: ATP

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