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Che Tao forests

Field site:
Che Tao forests
Che Tao commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai Province;
Nam Pam, Hua Trai and Ngoc Chien communes, Muong La District, Son La Province;
Khoen On commune, Than Uyen district, Lao Cai Province

21°40'N, 104°05'E

Contact for field and research:
Fauna & Flora International Indochina Programme
IPO Box 78
104B Pho Hue
Ha Noi
Viet Nam
Phone: +84-4-943 22 92 or +84-4-943 22 93

Species studied:
Western black crested gibbon (Nomascus concolor)

Research objectives:
- Population estimates (October 2000 - April 2001):
- Group numbers and locations
- Group composition from calls and sightings
- Threats to population
- Monitoring of population (ongoing)
- GIS analysis of gibbon habitat requirements (July/August 2001)

The research project is part of FFI Indochina's Gibbon Conservation Project, and so is linked to conservation activities in Che Tao, including:
- Setting up Forest Stewardship Councils;
- Education of the local people in the importance of preserving the forest and the gibbons;
- Hunting bans on gibbons and rufous-necked hornbills;
- Feasibility Study to assign protected area status, creating Che Tao Species/Habitat Protection Area (a sub-unit of Nature Reserve).

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