Conserving threathened shorebirds through community-based conservation in the Red River Delta, Vietnam
Vietnam lies within the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, which itself makes up the central part of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). Declines of migratory shorebirds have been largely attributed to habitat loss, while hunting was often overlooked. This project is an original and ground-breaking project which aims to benefit threatened migratory species, such as the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea and Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor. Due to hunting pressure in this region, there was no confirmed record of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper over the last ten years, while others are declining rapidly.
This project aims to: i) investigate hunting pressure in the Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve (RRDBR) in northern Vietnam; and ii) establish a local conservation committee and community conservation teams to participate in shorebird conservation activities. The project’s long-term goal is to create a safe habitat for
migratory birds to return to through community engagement, and strengthening law enforcement efforts to prevent poaching of endangered shorebirds.
Engage and involve religious leaders in birds' conservation;
Establish a local conservation committee and community conservation teams to participate in shorebird conservation activities;
Reduce the demand for migratory bird meat.
Collate existing information on the local's religious value and knowledge to inform project activities, and devise appropriate communication messaging;
Wildlife collaborative workshop;
Local conservation committee and deployment of Community Conservation Team (CCT);
Create a chain of Wildlife Friendly restaurants;
Awareness raising targeting wild meat traders and consumers.
Key achievements so far
63 local hunters surveyed;
142 km transects were conducted;
1581 traps were found;
323 mist-nets were removed through collaboration with Forest Protected Department of Ninh Binh province;
75 birds rescued.
Read more about the project HERE.