Working with a number of stake-holders (including the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, IUCN, the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park and the Xuan Truong Enterprise), SUNDASIA is helping to establish a detailed picture of modern species biodiversity within Tràng An.
Data obtained during a preliminary entomological transect survey undertaken in September 2016 are currently being analysed by colleagues at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Following discussion with stake-holders and collaborators, a camera-trap survey of vertebrate fauna will take place in the property. Camera-traps will be set in September 2017 and retrieved, in the first instance, in November.
The zooarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental data generated by the project will help to characterize longer-term trends in the biodiversity of the massif and comparable tropical limestone karst habitats, including in response to different scales of environmental and climatic change; considerations central in today’s conservation management planning (e.g. see Rabett et al. 2017). The project’s ambitions in this regard are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals (notably 6 and 15).
(Images: T. Kahlert)