Biodiversity preservation in Hon Ba

Wednesday, 16/12/2020, 07:13 [GMT+7]

Biodiversity preservation in Hon Ba

Hon Ba Nature Reserve is known as “Museum of Nature” in Khanh Hoa for its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The Nature Reserve Management Board has made every effort in forest management to protect Hon Ba from negative impacts.
 
Regular patrols 
 
Forest protection stations have been set up in places at high risk of impacts in recent years to conserve forests, besides propaganda and mobilization of people living near forests not to make any damages to forests or practice slash-and-burn agriculture inside the nature reserve. Regular patrols are conducted to protect forests, confirms Hon Ba Forest Protection force.
 
Locations at high risk of impacts include Tra Dang, Da Trang, Da Han, Suoi Tan, Hon Ba Road (Suoi Cat Commune, Cam Lam District); Ma O, Chi Chay Stream, Trai Ga, Ta Gu, Ko Lac, Ko Roa (Khanh Son District); Kho Dan, hot stream, Yang Bay Waterfall (Khanh Phu Commune, Khanh Vinh District); Lo Gia (Suoi Tien Commune), Hon Chuong, Am Chua Lake (Dien Dien Commune), Mo Da (Suoi Tan Commune) in Dien Khanh District, etc.
 

 

 

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A corner of Hon Ba Nature Reserve from high above.

 

 

 
“In order to minimize negative impacts on the forest and prevent illegal exploitation, transportation of forest products, minerals and hunting in the nature reserve, we have focused on forest protection. Thanks to regular patrols, since the beginning of the year, no violation cases have been reported. Hunters have been forced promptly out of the forests,” said Nguyen Trieu Duong, Deputy Chief of Hon Ba Forest Protection Unit.
 
Biodiversity preservation
 
Hon Ba Nature Reserve is rich in biodiversity with 28 orders, 88 genera and 274 species of fauna, including 70 species of animals, 144 of birds, 37 of reptiles and 17 of frogs; 56 animals are listed in the Red Book of Endangered Species in Vietnam and in the world, according to Nguyen Phuoc Bao Canh, Vice-Director in charge of the Management Board of Hon Ba Nature Reserve.
 
Researches conducted by local and foreign scientists show many newly-found species in Hon Ba every year. In 2020, the forest management and preservation has been well performed but the risk of violation of forest conservation still remains. In 2021, the management board will continue taking various drastic measures to protect the high biodiversity of the reserve.
 
As forest preservation management is considered as the key task, heads of Hon Ba Forest Protection Unit’s teams and stations are responsible for the management and preservation of forests and forest products within their management scale. Hon Ba Forest Protection Unit will jointly maintain supervisory patrol, especially in high risk locations to effectively protect forests in the coming time. 24-hour patrols will be conducted in dry seasons to promptly deal with any emergencies of forest fire.
 
In addition to forest protection, the Nature Reserve Management Board also organize several activities to develop forests; release animals back into the wild; study and investigate biodiversity; and collect specimens of flora and fauna in the reserve. “In 2021, we will continue acclimatizing native plants and cultivating medicinal plants in botanical gardens to conserve rare genetic resources; implementing projects on biodiversity conservation for the reserve; and conducting intensive and effective investigation of biodiversity and genetic conservation in the reserve,” added Nguyen Phuoc Bao Canh.
 
Hai Lang
Translated by N.T