Vietnamese conservationist honored as biodiversity ‘Hotspot Hero’

Update: 09:04 | 25/05/2020

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) announced that Le Thi Trang and nine other conservationists from around the world have been named ‘Hotspot Heroes’ for their efforts to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

CEPF said in a press release on Friday that the honourees were chosen from hundreds of civil society organisations that have received grants from CEPF in the 10 global biodiversity hotspots where the fund is currently active.

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Le Thi Trang poses for a photo at an exhibition on the endangered red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus) in Da Nang.

It said on this International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), CEPF is recognising these heroes as part of the celebrations for its 20th anniversary.

The fund empowers non-governmental organisations, indigenous groups, universities and private enterprises to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots — the world’s most biologically diverse yet threatened terrestrial regions — and help communities thrive. CEPF does this through grants and technical support for conservation, organisational strengthening and sustainable development.

The Hotspot Heroes and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) they work for are making outstanding contributions to the conservation of the hotspots. They exemplify the kinds of dedicated, dynamic people who work to ensure that intact ecosystems can continue to sustain flora and fauna and provide clean air, fresh water, healthy soils, sustainable livelihoods, resilience to climate change and much more.

Trang is the vice director of GreenViet, an emerging Vietnamese non-profit organisation that has pushed the boundaries of what civil society organisations can aspire to achieve in the environmental space.

In collaboration with others, GreenViet helped bring about one of the most remarkable conservation success stories in Vietnam: The campaign to save Sơn Trà Peninsula from uncontrolled tourism development. This campaign saved Việt Nam's largest population of the endangered red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus) and engaged people from all walks of life in the conservation movement.

Trang graduated from the Da Nang University of Technology with a degree in environmental engineering. During that time, she volunteered for a local organisation investigating and reporting crimes related to wildlife in central Vietnam.

In her current role with GreenViet, Trang oversees initiatives related to education, public relations and development.

In 2013, Vietnamese biologists Nguyen Ba Quyen were included in the top nominations with conservation of Golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus).

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Source: VNS

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