Quy Van Khuc
U Minh Thuong National ParkNorth An Minh Kien GiangVietnam
About Quy Van Khuc
Quy Van Khuc, PhD student, Forest Restoration, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, Colorado
Project Title: “Comprehensive solutions to conserve Pteropus vampyrus Linnaeus at U Minh Thuong National Park, Vietnam”
Project Location: U Minh Thuong National Park (UMTNP), Kien Giang province, Vietnam
Project Overview/Outcomes: Quy Khuc Van will work in and around U Minh Thuong National Park (UMTNP) in his home country of Vietnam to protect a local bat species that is on the verge of extinction. UMTNP is one of two of the largest areas of peat swamp forest remaining in Vietnam and is considered to be one of the highest priority sites for wetland conservation. In 2002, U Minh Thuong National Park suffered the largest fire in Vietnam history. This fire burned more than 4,000 hectares of forest. In addition to the detrimental impacts to biodiversity and the environment, the fire reduced the income of the local people who live in the buffer zone of the National Park. The bat species, Pteropus vampyrus Linnaeus, is key to the reforestation process of UMTNP post fire. Local people that live near the national park have been hunting the bat illegally and selling it; thus the reduction in habitat and illegal harvest has put the bat species on the brink of extinction. Quy’s project aims to find a solution to mitigate the bat’s potential extinction by providing the bat more food inside the park, working with the local community to reduce illegal harvesting of the species, and finding other resolutions for income for local community households. Collaborators: CSU researchers, U Minh Thuong National Park, Vietnam; Vietnam National University of Forestry, local villages.