Vietnamese elders help save one of the world’s rarest monkeys


Hanoi TV, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Van Long Nature Reserve, an inland wetland surrounded by forested limestone pinnacles in the Northern Vietnam, is not only a place of breathtaking beauty but also one of the last refuges of one of the world’s most critically endangered primates, Delacour’s langur. The fate of the monkey species has become closely linked to the fortunes of the people living nearby.

Since 2001, a community-based conservation project has been successfully implemented as local leaders and residents began to recognize tourism as a viable alternative to working in the fields. During that period, the Delacour population increased three-fold compared to levels in 2000. Under this initiative, more than 400 boatpeople provide 90-minute boat tours that directly benefit from the project. This model is considered as an excellent win-win solution that balances economic development and conservation. Dozens of international and local organisations have sent their staff to the nature reserve to learn more about their successful experience.

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