Francois' Langur Community-Based Conservation Program
We support 15 local Tay, H’mong, and Dao ethnic minority villages in northern Tuyen Quang province to lead conservation management of the endangered Francois’ Langur in the high value forests of Lam Binh and Sinh Long. The program works with all villages in the landscape, and engages the community though Village Co-Management Committees, Village Self-Help Groups, Community Conservation Teams, and Village Forest Management Committees, all under an Umbrella Community Based Organisation. The aim is to establish a first community-based conservation area in Vietnam; the Francois Langur Species and Habitat Conservation Area.
Community engagement is critical to conserve biodiversity in the Lam Bing/ Sinh Long forests. Historically, villages were not involved in conservation efforts, which led to a lack of awareness and the reduction of the langur population and destruction of its habitat.
We presently work with 15 ethnic minority villages to increase their awareness on conservation of the langur and its habitat, and to engage them in co-management of the high value forests. This has led to the proposed establishment of a community-based conservation area to protect endangered Francois Langur and its habitat.
We help communities establish village-based institutions and networks. An umbrella community-based organization will facilitate village participation in management and conservation work. The institution will engage local people in conservation and will support households and village development.
To date, we have helped villagers establish a network of 15 Village Co-Management Committees, 15 Village Self-help Groups, and nine Community Conservation Teams. All of these institutions will help support conservation of the Francois’ Langur and village economic sustainability.
Francois Langur conservation and monitoring
We train and equip selected villagers o become members of Community Conservation Teams. These teams carry out conservation and monitoring of the Francois Langur population. The nine teams conduct several patrols per month and six-month langur population surveys.
All patrolling data is fed into SMART monitoring data for collation and analysis to feed conservation management, in close collaboration with officials from the Forest Protection Department.
Francois Langur conservation planning
Village Co-Management Committees
Village Self-help Groups
Sinh Long Forest Community Management Program
This program engages communities from five Dao and H’mong villages in forest conservation by establishing village forest management committees to practice sustainable forest management in Sinh Long commune, adjacent to the proposed Francois’ Langur Conservation Area.
Forest management committees
PRCF Vietnam established and worked with Community Forest Management Committees in five ethnic minority 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, and supporting, conservation efforts.
To date, we have helped five villages establish Community Forest Management Committees and supported their production of forest management plans at each village.
We assist Village Forest Management Committees to identify and secure funding to ensure their conservation efforts can continue. This includes documenting the committee structure and goals, contracting with funding sources, and managing funding received.
To date, we work with five Dao and H’mong villages, in close liaison with the Sinh Long Commune Peoples Committee, to help manage more than 600 ha of forest in a sustainable manner.
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. We work primarily on habitat restoration to the gibbon at the Cao Vit Species and Habitat Conservation Area in the Vietnam province of Cao Bang, but hope to also provide technical assistance to the Bangliang Nature Reserve in the Chinese province of Guangxi.
Habitat research and restoration
Due to the past significant deforestation, PRCF Vietnam is researching and restoring critical habitat and food sources for Eastern Black-crested Gibbon. This has entailed identifying and restoring habitat in valleys where previous agriculture denuded the forestland.
To date, we have mapped more than ten deforested valleys considered essential for long-term Gibbon survival, and identified more than 250 plant species for Gibbon feeding. We currently work with about 25 of these Gibbon food-plants to restore habitat through assisted natural regeneration, and enrichment planting. More than 5000 native trees 27 different species have been planted thus far.
Capacity building and training
We provide capacity building and training to the Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Area. Out aim is to build capacities so that eventually the protected area can take over the habitat restoration program. This has included on-hands training on assisted natural regeneration, nursery establishment and maintenance, willings collection and rearing, and enrichment planting techniques.
PRCF Vietnam consults with villages near the conservation areas to learn local knowledge of native plant species. We also discuss sustainable livelihood solutions with villages to ensure that conservation efforts are not at the expense of community well-being.
By engaging local villagers, PRCF Vietnam is ensuring that 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. 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…