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Vietnam conservation regulations improving, but much work remains

Vietnam conservation regulations improving, but much work remains

A critically endangered douc langur (genus Pygathrix) in Vietnam. The animals are sold as pets or for medicine or meat. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.

Source: Mongabay

  • Vietnam made headlines earlier in the year for considering a wildlife trade ban in response to COVID-19, but such a development has not occurred.
  • Nonetheless, the country’s laws related to biodiversity conservation are robust and generally comprehensive, with strong penalties for violations in place.
  • But enforcement remains a problem, while corruption and other issues also hinder improved protection of Vietnam’s wildlife.
  • Conservation organizations have been heartened by recent legal and regulatory improvements, but caution that there is still a long way to go.

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