Most of PRCF biodiversity conservation and community development activities in northern Vietnam take place in limestone karst landscapes. These areas are rich in wildlife, and forests harbor a great variety of plants and animals. In northern Vietnam, PRCF works in two karst landscapes; the Ba Be/ Na Hang Karst Forest Complex and the Cao Vit/ Bangliang Karst Forest Complex, the later located in cross border southern China. The two landscapes hold a number of valuable species, including there globally endangered primates: the critically endangered eastern Black-casted Gibbon and the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey, and the endangered Francois’ Langur. It also holds significant threatened magnolia and conifer species, including Zenia insignis and Fokienia hodginsii.
In the two conservation landscapes, PRCF works with local communities to restore critical forest habitat to the Eastern Black-crested Gibbon in Cao Bang province, to establish a Community-based Francois’ Langur Conservation Area in Tuyen Quang province, to develop collaborative conservation management initiatives for the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey in Tuyen Quang province, and to strengthen community involvement in conservation management at the Xuan Lac Species and Habitat Conservation Area in Bac Kan province. In Bac Kan, efforts have also efforts have also included research into cave fauna, where a new species of bat was discovered.
PRCF initiatives within the greater Ba Be/ Na Hang complex, include working with local communities to support strengthening of their capacities to manage their own environment, and to increase their livelihood conditions. In Bac Kan, we have promoted co-management of fisheries in Ba Be Lake though the establishment of a community-led lake management cooperative. In Tuyen Quang, we are promoting the establishment of a community run conservation area, through the establishment and strengthening or village institutions and provision of training and guidance to local communities in conservation management. Conservation activities are paralleled with support for sustainable livelihoods, and the establishment of Village Self Help Groups.