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Source: Tuoi Tre
Date: February 18, 2011

Hanoi sets up committee to save legendary turtle

Hanoi government has set up an emergency committee to protect the legendary turtle living in Hoan Kiem Lake, the city?s People Committee?s chairman Nguyen The Thao Thursday announced.

According to the announcement, the deputy chairman of the capital?s People Committee Nguyen Van Khoi was voted as the head of the committee.

Committee?s members comprise top officials from the ministries of Science and Technology, of Natural Resources and Environment, of Agriculture and Rural Development, of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, of Hanoi People Committee and Hoan Kiem District?s People Committee, and Dr. Ha Dinh Duc from Vietnam Association for Nature and Environment Protection.

The committee is responsible for directing the implementation of measures to protect and care for the legendary turtle and to tackle the water pollution at the lake.

In a short term, the committee will ask related authorities to clean up pipes, water, and dredge sediments and improve water environment at the lake.

Earlier, Hanoi hosted an international workshop discussing measures to save the legendary turtle living in the iconic Hoan Kiem, attracting participation of nearly 50 local and international experts.
The turtle in question belongs to an extremely rare species that has only four of its kind left in the world, with the other two being kept in a zoo in China.

Turtles are a cultural icon in Vietnam, particularly the one in Hoan Kiem Lake which is believed to be hundreds of years old.