WWF – Biodiversity Annamites
– Strengthening local capacity on biodiversity conservation and forest management in the southern annamites landscape of vietnam
Year: 2012 – 2014
Forming the southern part of the globally important Greater Annamites Ecoregion, the Southern Annamites is a key site for the protection of Vietnam’s rarest large mammals and a host of range restricted and endemic species. Natural vegetation in this landscape is predominantly semi-evergreen/wet evergreen forest. Somewhat isolated from similar forests in the Annamites mountain chain, these lowland forests have a distinctive bird and mammal fauna. Of the 122 mammal species known from the Ecoregion, three are near-endemic species, and two are endemic. Some of the threatened species in this assemblage include the tiger, Asian elephant, black-shanked douc, gaur, banteng, Southern serow, clouded leopard, pygmy loris, pig-tailed macaque, dhole, Malayan sun bear and smooth-coated otter.
The landscape priority area stretches over five provinces of Vietnam: Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai. Lam Dong Province, which is at the core of the Southern Annamites, is still largely forested. In the north of Lam Dong Province is the Bi Dup – Nui Ba/ Chu Yang Sin National Park (Dak Lak Province) protected area complex, which is one of Vietnam’s largest and most important forest blocks. To the south of the province, Cat Tien National Park (NP), which spreads into Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc provinces, is arguably Vietnam’s premier protected area. Together with Vinh Cuu Historical Relic and Nature Reserve, Cat Tien NP also makes another important protected complex in the area.