Francois Leaf Monkey Community-Based Conservation Program
PRCF Vietnam supports local villages in community-based conservation and co-management of Francois leaf monkeys in and near the Lam Binh Watershed Protection Forest.
Community engagement is critical for conservation in and near the Lam Binh Watershed Protection Forest, as this area is open for community use. Historically, local villages have not been involved in conservation management efforts, which has led to a lack of awareness of conservation and protected areas for Francois leaf monkeys.
To date, we have worked with 13 local villages to increase their awareness of conservation needs and engage them in co-management of the Lam Binh forest. This has led to the establishment of a community-based conservation area to protect Francois’ leaf monkeys.
We have also worked with 2 secondary schools for a Francois leaf monkey conservation campaign to raise awareness of conservation needs. This included a painting and story-writing competition as well as media shows. Competition winners had their work featured on stickers and playing cards distributed throughout the communities.
Community conservation organizations
We help communities establish conservation organizations, as Lam Binh allows community participation in management and conservation efforts. These community-based organizations engage communities in conservation and support local law enforcement, as capacity is often limited.
To date, we have helped establish community-based organizations focused on protecting Francois’ Leaf Monkeys and supported them in developing sustainable funding strategies. This includes 3 Francois leaf monkey community monitoring teams.
Sinh Long Forest Community Management Program
This program engages communities in forest conservation by establishing forest management committees and identifying funding sources to support conservation activities.
Forest management committees
PRCF Vietnam has established and worked with community forest management committees in five local villages to support conservation of the Sinh Long forest. This includes connecting with community leaders to gain support for the committees, learning about their current use of forest land, and planning for conservation efforts and activities.
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We assist community forest management committees in identifying and securing funding to ensure their conservation efforts can continue. This includes documenting the committee structure and goals, contracting with funding sources, and managing funding received.
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Gibbon Habitat Restoration Program
PRCF Vietnam engages in habitat restoration, management capacity building, and community consultation to support conservation of the Eastern black crested Gibbon between the Coa Bang Province in Vietnam and the Guangxi Province in China.
Habitat research and restoration
Due to the significant deforestation, PRCF Vietnam is researching and restoring critical food sources for Gibbon. This includes mapping Gibbon habitats and feeding areas, as well as identifying and restoring critical plants and forest areas.
To date, we have mapped deforested areas that are essential for Gibbon survival and identified plant species for Gibbon feeding. We have also planted 370 trees of 12 different species.
Capacity building and training
PRCF Vietnam provides capacity building and training to the Coa Vit Gibbon Conservation Area management board and partners. This includes facilitating meetings, training for program evaluation, and supporting quarterly work plans and reports.
PRCF Vietnam has consulted with villages in and near conservation areas to learn local habitat restoration practices. We also have discussed sustainable livelihood solutions with villages to ensure that conservation efforts are not at the expense of community well-being.
By engaging local communities, PRCF Vietnam is ensuring restoration efforts have support from local communities and use best practices available.
Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey Conservation Program
Our Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey Conservation Program engages with local communities and organizations near the Na Hang Natural Reserve to map critical conservation areas, develop management plans and build capacity for regulation enforcement and conservation efforts.
Research and mapping
PRCF Vietnam researches areas that are critical for Tonkin snub-nosed monkey conservation and establishes Critical Conservation Zones. Local communities participate in this research to ensure that information collected is accurate and communities are supportive of conservation efforts.
To date we have established two Critical Conservation Zones for the protection of Snub-nosed Monkeys. By 2017, we hope to have these areas clearly marked to increase community awareness of conservation zones.
Conservation management planning
PRCF Vietnam supports conservation management planning for the Na Hang Nature Reserve based on needs identified in field research and critical area mapping. This ensures threats to Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys can be minimized and critical areas can be protected.
The 2016 Conservation Management Plan is currently in place, and will be updated with support from PRCF in 2017.
Training and resources
We provide training and resources to the Na Hang Nature Reserve staff to build their capacity for conservation management. This includes helping plan for patrols and sustainable funding, as well as providing patrol training and resources based on our conservation research and mapping.
To date, we have trained 6 staff members for patrolling and … By 2017, we hope to…