A community-based project to protect the endangered white-cheeked langur species (Francois’ Langur) is underway in Lam Binh district, the northern province of Tuyen Quang.

Conducted by the People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF), the project aims to raise local residents’ awareness of protecting the species and biodiversity.

Through the project, PRCF has set up two teams in Thuong Lam and Khuon Ha communes, financing them to implement activities that will protect langurs and forests in the localities.

The organisation also suggested local authorities develop a community-based eco-tourism model.

At a cost of 1.9 billion VND, the project will last until the end of July this year.

Francois’ Langur is Vietnam’s critically endangered primate species. It lives mostly in limestone mountain areas.

Vietnam is home to more than 100 individuals. Of the total, 70 live in Thuong Lam and Khuon Ha communes, Lam Binh district, Tuyen Quang province.

PRCF is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-membership organisation in Vietnam. It promotes conservation, protection, and the wise use of natural resources with sound social and economic development. PRCF works with rural people in developing countries, particularly with communities living beside protected areas, remnant forests and degraded land.-VNA