Recently, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in collaboration with Pu Mat National Park has completed the installation of 16 additional large-size propaganda boards to raise awareness at the entrances to the forest, the traffic roads, the open trails, the hot spots of hunting, capture, and trading wildlife in three districts of Nghe An province including Con Cuong, Anh Son and Tuong Duong.

So far, it raises the total number of billboards installed in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park to 35. This is an activity of educational programs to raise awareness of the local community in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park, combined with the strengthening of law enforcement, habitat protection, and conservation research, which aims to provide a comprehensive solution to ensure a safe living environment for wild animals.

Map of the location of the signboard.
Construction is in progress.

The billboards carry two main messages in two individual designs, one focused on providing information and images of endangered wildlife species that are protected under the legislation system of the Vietnamese Government. The other outlines prohibited acts in forestry activities. Both designs illustrated clearly the penalties that come with violations. The propaganda board is intended to improve the legal understanding of people in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park. This is a practical approach to raise people’s awareness and knowledge of the law that helps stop hunting wild animals. The posters not only show the determination of Pu Mat National Park and Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in strengthening law enforcement but also serves as a deterrent to those who know the law but still intentionally violate it.

The billboard provides information and images of endangered wildlife species that are protected in accordance with the law.
The billboard provides information on prohibited acts in the forest.

Moreover, the billboards in the second batch were installed on a larger scale than the first one. Specifically, these 16 boards have been conducted in 2 sizes. The boards with the size of 2x3m are 2-sided printed boards, placed perpendicular to the traffic road for open positions. The boards with the size of 2x6m are single-sided printed boards for locations where space is narrow or may obstruct the view of traffic. Meanwhile, the size of the first 19 boards is only 1.5×2.5m and only printed on two sides, placed perpendicular to the road surface. The size of the board affects the reader’s reception of the message and restricts the placement of the board. Therefore, the second installation has been increased in size of boards to make it easier for readers to access information, and at the same time, there are two types of panels to flexibly place the board.

Mr. Chu Van Dai – Head of Tam Thai Forest Protection Station of Tuong Duong Forest Protection Department said: “It is very important to install billboards about the law in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park because these boards not only help the Forest Protection Department of Pu Mat National Park, but also the Forest Protection Stations of the districts to increase people’s awareness. Large billboards are placed in very prominent and visible places that attract many people to stop and watch. In particular, the billboards located next to the Tam Thai Ranger Station also have lights shining from the Ranger Station, so it still can be read easily at night.”

Many people looked at the board and exclaimed: “I can’t believe that hunting these animals would be so severely punished.”

Thus, the installation of 35 billboards has initially attracted the attention of the local community, not only about law enforcement but also about the values of the natural resources of Pu Mat forest.

Pictures and information of educational programs, raising awareness and community activities are updated on SVW’s official website and Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/svw.vn, as well as the Nature Conservation Education news page: https://facebook.com/GiaoDucBaoTonThienNhien.svw.vn. We invite you to follow along and spread the message of wildlife protection to the community.