|Location||Vietnam, Son La,Yen Bai|
|Central coordinates||104o 2.00' East 21o 42.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||260 - 2,512m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information The IBA is notable for its intact montane avifauna.
Site description Che Tao is situated in the Hoang Lien mountains in northern Vietnam. The IBA is centred on Che Tao commune and also includes adjacent areas in Yen Bai and Son La provinces. The topography of the IBA is dominated by a horseshoe of mountains which forms the boundary of Che Tao commune. There are many peaks above 2,000 m in this horseshoe while elevations in the central valley are generally below 1,500 m.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Broad-billed Warbler Tickellia hodgsoni||resident||2001||1 unknown||good||A2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Hill evergreen forest (subtropical); Montane broadleaf evergreen forest||80%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Abandoned farmland, disturbed ground||5%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Shifting agriculture.|
Other biodiversity Interview data and field records presented by Tordoff et al. (2001) suggest that two groups of Phayre's Langur Trachypithecus phayrei, totalling 22 to 25, although possibly as many as 38, individuals still occur near Na Hang village, and that both groups are breeding. The T. phayrei population is seriously threatened by hunting.Che Tao supports the largest known population of Western Black Crested Gibbon in Vietnam. The population at the site is thought to number around 100 individuals. The biggest threat to the population is hunting, although this appears to have reduced in recent years.Tordoff et al. (2001) recorded two globally threatened turtle species based on reports of local people: Impressed Tortoise Manouria impressa and Big-headed Turtle Platysternon megacephalum. One additional species was recorded by Long et al. (2000) at interview: Black-breasted Leaf Turtle Geomyda spengleri.Long et al. (2000) recorded two globally threatened gymnosperms: Calocedrus macrolepis and Fokienia hodginsii. Tordoff et al. (2001) report that in places, F. hodginsii comprises over 25% of the mature trees.Long et al. (2000) recorded Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis which is the commonest ungulate species at Che Tao. Although this species is commonly hunted it is not under immediate threat at Che Tao.
Management considerations Che Tao commune is inhabited by members of the Hmong ethnic minority, and the biggest threats to biodiversity at the site include hunting, timber extraction, forest fire and forest clearance for agriculture.
Protection status FFI are supporting the establishment of a community-managed species and habitat conservation area. This includes assisting the Mu Cang Chai authorities to initiate conservation activities involving the local community: a forest management board was formed with local community members and local households were encouraged to make written commitments not to hunt gibbons.As of August 2001, the site has not been included on the national list of protected areas but a feasibility study is currently under preparation.
Conservation response Conservation threats at the site are currently being mitigated by a community-based conservation programme implemented by the Fauna and Flora Intenational (FFI) Indochina Programme and the provincial forest protection department.
References Tordoff, A. W., Le Trong Dat and Hardcastle, J. (2001) A rapid biodiversity survey of Che Tao commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. Unpublished report to the BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Fauna & Flora International Indochina Programme.Long, B., Tallents, L. and Tran Dinh Nghia (2000) The biological diversity of Che Tao commune, Yen Bai province, Vietnam. Unpublished report to Fauna & Flora International Indochina Programme.
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