12th Apr 2017
In April 2017, BIAZA launched a new-look conservation fundraising campaign: Helping Habitats. This campaign replaces our extremely successful 'Buy An Acre' campaign in partnership with the World Land Trust.
The aim is to raise funds to protect vulnerable habitats around the globe; providing an in-situ safety net for our planet's increasingly threatened species of flora and fauna.
Protecting lowland forest in Vietnam
For our first project in Helping Habitats we are working with the World Land Trust to fundraise for the protection and management of 20,000 hectares of lowland forest in Khe Nuoc Trong (KNT), Vietnam.
Lying in the Annamite Mountain Range of north central Vietnam, Khe Nuoc Trong (KNT) is one of the best remaining examples of Annamite Lowland Forest in the world. It is home to a huge range of species, including saola, red-shanked douc, northern white cheeked gibbon, large-antlered muntjac, Annamite striped rabbit and Owston’s civet. It is also a proposed reintroduction site for the crested argus Edwards’s pheasant.
We are aiming to raise £25,000 to support WLT’s project partner Viet Nature in carrying out crucial management activities at KNT. These activities include strengthening law enforcement through patrolling and snare removal, biodiversity monitoring surveys (including ongoing camera trapping) and developing sustainable livelihoods and eco-tourism. Further support is given to World Land Trust to carry out necessary and vital research in the region. A fine example is PhD student Suzanne Stas who is researching the impacts of forest degredation on carbon storage within the trees in KNT. You can read her full blog here.
Call to action
Whilst this campaign is designed to coordinate the fundraising efforts of ourmembers it is also a project where we welcome contributions from everyone who is passionate about protecting habitats for wildlife. If you are inspired by what you have read here and would like to make a donation then please visit our Just Giving page.