Most of PRCF biodiversity conservation and community development activities in northern Vietnam take place in limestone karst landscapes. These areas are rich in wildlife, and forests harbor a great variety of plants and animals. In northern Vietnam, PRCF works in two karst landscapes; the Ba Be/ Na Hang Karst Forest Complex and the Cao Vit/ Bangliang Karts Forest Complex, the later located in cross border southern China. The two landscapes hold a number of valuable species, including there globally endangered primates: the critically endangered eastern lack-casted Gibbon and the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey, and the endangered Francois’ langur. It also holds significant threatened magnolia and conifer species, including Zenia insignis and Fokienia hodginsii.
In these two conservation landscapes, PRCF works with local communities to restore critical habitat of the Eastern Black-crested Gibbon in Cao Bang province, and to establish a Community-based Francois’ Langur Conservation Area and collaborative conservation management initiatives for the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey in Tuyen Quang province.
Within Ba Be/ Na Hang, we have also promoted co-management of fisheries in Ba Be Lake, though the establishment of a lake management cooperative. Within the lake landscape, efforts have also included research into cave fauna, including bats, where a new species of bat was discovered.