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Group Photo, Vietnam - Indonesia Bilateral

Present at the signing ceremony in HCM City on December 27 were representatives of the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of Indonesia.

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Hanoi, Viet Nam, October 2015—More than 200 freshwater turtles are currently being cared for at Soc Son Rescue Centre

and the Turtle Conservation Centre following one of Viet Nam’s biggest ever turtle seizures. The animals, including around

100 Indochinese Box Turtles Cuora mouhotii and over 30 Big-headed Turtles Platysternon megacephalum and a small number

of leaf turtles Cyclemys spp. were confiscated by Nam Tu Liem district police in Hanoi last month. The turtles were seized in two

shipments. The first took place on the evening of 21 September after a car was seen behaving suspiciously at My Dinh bus station.

A 31-year old women living in Hanoi was found with suitcases containing Indochinese Box Turtles and other species. She said she

had bought the animals from a 32-year old woman from Ha Tinh province the previous day.

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