Saturday, October 22, 2016

Criminal proceedings launched on elephant tusk smuggling case

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department on October 18 launched criminal proceedings against the recent elephant tusk smuggling case discovered in Cat Lai port.

On October 6, the customs office at Sai Gon port coordinated with the municipal customs force and anti-smuggling police inspected two containers of timber imported from Mozambique, which are sent to Dieu Tien trade and service company based in Tan Binh district.

More than two tonnes of elephant tusks were found hidden inside.

The department said the case’s file will be transferred to the police for further investigation.

Vietnam has banned the trading of elephant tusks since 1992.-VNA

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Two tonnes of suspected elephant tusks found at Sai Gon port

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Two tonnes of goods suspected to be elephant tusks were discovered recently at Sai Gon Port by the Customs Office at the port and t he Police Department for Smuggling Prevention C74 under the Ministry of Public Security.

According to the port’s Customs Office, checks on a batch of wood imported from Mozambique revealed 12 hollow logs containing 569 chunks suspected to be elephant tusks, weighing a total 2,052kg.

All the suspicious goods were sent to the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for identification.-VNA

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dak Lak to give a bonus to breeders if their elephants have babies

VietNamNet Bridge - Dak Lak Provincial People's Council recently passed a resolution on elephant conservation, with huge investment for caring and developing the herd of tame elephants. 

The "bounty" for the elephant owner is over VND400 million ($20,000) and VND170 million ($8,000) for the mahout if their elephant has a baby. However, it is very difficult for tame elephants to have babies.

People have still advocated for reproduction of elephants and they thought it’s simple to just gathering elephants together to have baby elephants. They do not know how difficult this thing is.

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Elephants need forests to reproduce, not money

VietNamNet Bridge – “Instead of giving us money, please give us forests. We will help elephants reproduce,” said an elephant breeder in Dak Lak.

The elephant breeders in Dak Lak would receive 414 million dong in financial support from the state for every elephant who gives birth. However, they wish they can receive forests rather than money, because the forests, not money, would help elephants live their normal lives and reproduce.

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Baby elephant found dead in Yok Don National Park

VietNamNet Bridge – On the morning of December 14, rangers of the Yok Don National Park, in Ea Sup district, Dak Lak province, cooperated with the local authorities to examine the scene where a baby elephant was dead.

Mr. Hoang Van Xuan, deputy director of Yok Don National Park, said the dead elephant was detected by rangers at about 5pm on December 13. This male elephant is about 1-2 months old and was decomposing.

The elephant is about 1.2 m long, 90 cm high and weighs approximately 100 kg.

According to authorities, it is possible that the baby elephant was trampled by his mother while drinking water.

At the scene, the elephant head and trunk were pressed to the ground.

Since early 2009, Dak Lak has had 14 wild elephants die, including up to 6 in 2012, by different reasons.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Woman caught with ivory at Vietnam airport

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 09:00:00

A woman was caught at Hanoi airport with 19 kilograms of ivory and ivory products Monday, Lao Dong newspaper reported.
A team of officials from the Hanoi Market Management Department on duty outside Noi Bai International Airport felt suspicious and asked to checkNghiem Thi Hoa's suitcase.

They found 677 pieces of ivory weighing 19 kilograms besides 15 bracelets, 90 pairs of chopsticks, and 10 chains made of ivory.

Hoa, 57, of the northern Ninh Binh Province, confessed to bringing the ivory from Angola to sell here.

Customs officials had failed to find the ivory and she had almost got into a car when the market officials confronted her.

They seized the goods and got Hoa to sign off on a list of violations.

Vietnam banned the ivory trade in 1992.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fossil elephant tooth in Lam Dong

VietmamNet Bridge - A man in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong owns a huge fossil tooth. Archaeologists said the thing is a fossil tooth of an Asian elephant.

A man, who lives in Bui Thi Xuan Street, Da Lat city, accidentally saw a giant tooth-shaped object in the home of his acquaintance. He bought the object and brought it to many experts of antiques to ask them what it was. They told him that this is a fossil elephant tooth, which was formed through the process of millions of years in the ground.

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Wild elephant deaths investigation ordered

The Yok Don National Park has asked local authorised agencies to conduct an investigation into why two wild elephants died last Saturday in Central Highlands Dak Lak Province's Ea Sup District.

The elephants - one female and one male with his tusks removed and his trunks cut out - are believed to belong to a herd of 29 wild elephants living in the national park.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tran Manh Hieu, deputy head of the district's Police Department, said that the elephants were likely killed.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Rogue elephants terrorise Dong Nai


April 25, 2009

DONG NAI — A herd of wild elephants recently gone astray is becoming increasingly bolder, encroaching on inhabited land in southern Dong Nai Province’s Vinh Cuu District, according to officials.

The 13 elephants, which are being kept unfenced in Cat Tien National Park in Central Highland province of Lam Dong, left the park in search of food, Tran Van Mui, the park director, has said.

According to local residents, the elephants have grown increasingly bolder, from foraging for crops in 2007, when they first appeared, to trespassing on villages and destroying houses last year.

This year, the herd appeared every day during the fist 10 days of March, both night and day, trampling fields and damaging houses after devouring fields of plants.

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Dong Nai to protect and preserve wild elephants

Voice of the Armed Forces and People
April 6, 2009

The Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee has just approved a detailed project to protect and preserve wild elephants in the locality, according to the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Groups of elephants have long been observed living in Phu Ly forest in the district of Vinh Cuu.
The project, which will be implemented through 2010, aims to conserve and increase the population of elephants in the forest. At the same time, it will attempt to create a natural living environment for the elephants as well as minimizing possible conflicts between people and the animals.
Phu Ly commune in Dong Nai is one of 10 habitats for wild elephants in Vietnam.
Recently, some elephants emerged from the forests and entered villages damaging crops, property, and endangering lives.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Wild elephants threaten Dak Lak villagers

February 22, 2009

VietNamNet Bridge - Around 54 wild elephants have recently been spotted roaming Ia R’ve border commune in Ea Sup district, in the central highlands province of Dak Lak, looking for food and causing local residents to worry about the risk of possible attacks.

Residents of Ia R’ve have reported sightings of two herds of 18 elephants approaching villages to search for fruit and other food in July and August, 2008.

Several months later, those elephants joined by another herd, consisting of 36 elephants, which came within 50-100 m of the commune, causing the villagers to run away to a safer place.

In the past, wild elephants used to visit this commune, looking for food but they always left quickly after local residents made noises or lit fires.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Police complete probe into wild elephant smugglers

Vietnam News
December 29, 2008

HCM CITY — The HCM City Environmental Police Department said last week that it had completed its investigation into the illegal trading, transporting and maintenance of two wild elephants in Cu Chi District.

Lieutenant Colonel Lam Hieu Nghia of the department said the two elephants were being kept by the Dang Vinh Construction, Trading and Services Ltd Co, in Phuoc Vinh An Commune, Cu Chi District.

Investigations showed that the two elephants were captured by H’Mong ethnic people in the forests of southern Binh Phuoc Province in 1971-1972.

The elephants were then kept by Dieu Cuoc, a resident of Binh Phuoc’s Bu Dang District. In 2004, Dang Vinh Co bought the pachyderms for VND160 million ($9,411) and used a truck to illegally transport the animals at night to Cu Chi.

A contract had been signed to effect the illegal transaction, the police said, adding that due action would be taken against the culprits.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Rings made of elephant hair flood central highland souvenir shops

Thu Huong, Vietnam News Agency
August 31, 2008

To ethnic minority groups living in the central highland province of Dac Lac, a ring made of hair taken from an elephant’s tail is far more than an ordinary ornament. Because most people consider it to be an amulet that is expected to bring them luck in love, local couples often use elephant hair as a pawn in the game of love.

Although no one has ever been able to prove the reliability of such a rumor, rings plaited with elephant hairs are now appearing in many souvenir shops. But the consequences of such beliefs in the significance of the elephant rings are leaving a tale of cruelty – thieves are often the ones who cut off the tails of the massive beasts.

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Central farmers lose crops to elephants

Thanh Nien News
August 4, 2008
Seven members of Y Ngo’s family in the central province of Dak Lak depend on one hectare of farmland.
But their farm is all but destroyed, damaged by severe drought and wild elephants.
“The area they trample destroys 10 times more than what they eat and there is no way rice can survive being stepped on by elephants,” said Ngo, a farmer in Ba Na Village of Ia J’loi Commune in the province’s Ea Sup District.
For the past two weeks the 82 households of seven ethnic minority groups in Ba Na Village have been disturbed, usually at night, by wild elephants from a nearby forest that come and trample their farmland.
The farmers can only make noise – from a safe distance – to try to shoo the elephants away.
But this tactic stopped working after only a few days.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Wild elephants destroy crops

Viet Nam News
July 20, 2008

A herd of 40 elephants over the past few days destroyed over 30 hectares of crops in Ea R’loi and Ea Lop Village in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac.

According to Ea R’Loi’s People’s Committee, the animals have been showing up in the area since 2005. They usually roam around, destroying crops in the process, for a few days before leaving.

No casualities were reported.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Wild elephants run amok in central highlands

Thanh Nien News
June 27, 2008
A herd of about 10 rampaging wild elephants have destroyed a newly-planted rubber tree plantation and threatened the lives of local people in Central Highland’s Gia Lai Province.

The elephants devastated crops near the forest edge at Chu Se District in Gia Lai Province and Ea Hleo District in Dak Lak Province over the past three days.

“We were on our way from the rubber plantation to the camp when a group of about ten elephants approached,” a worker from Phuc Cuong Company’s rubber forest in Chu Se District said.

“The elephants were very fierce and destroyed all the trees in their way.

We had to run for our lives after one of them saw us and roared,” he said.

Reports said the elephants had also terrorized others who went into the forest

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Elephant gang terrorises Ha Tinh Province

Viet Nam News
January 11, 2007

HA TINH — Three wild elephants that escaped from Vu Quang national park have been causing concern among hundreds of households in the two communes of Huong Dien and Huong Quang in the central province of Ha Tinh.

The elephants have crushed motorbikes in their path and stormed into residential houses, according to local authorities.

Villager Nguyen Thi Phuong from Kieu hamlet of Huong Dien Commune said two elephants rushed towards her in the evening.

"My husband was out and I just managed to take the children and run away in time," said Phuong.

"They ruined the vegetables and other plants in the garden.

"Nothing could prevent these animals from doing that."

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vietnam officials seek permission to shoot killer elephant


24 October 2007

Hanoi - Authorities in a northern Vietnamese province are seeking government permission to shoot a domesticated elephant that has killed two handlers this year, an official said Wednesday. The Forestry Department of Thanh Hoa province sent a request to the Ministry of Agriculture last week asking for the go-ahead to kill the rare Asian elephant, which is more than 30 years old, according to Le Quoc Viet with the department.

"The elephant is very angry now and it may kill anyone getting close to it," Viet said.

"But killing it is not a simple thing because it is a rare kind of animal," he said. "There must be approval from relevant authorities.

The 1.3-ton elephant killed two workers at Song Lo Forestry Farm in May this year and has been menacing ever since. The aging animal has been moody since the farm's only other elephant died two years ago.

Forestry farms in Vietnam often use domesticated elephants to pull timber. Some tourism companies in the Central Highlands also use elephants to carry tourists.

So far this year, working elephants have killed at least six people in Vietnam, including four handlers, one elephant owner and a tourist guide.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Preservation zones on Sao La deer and elephants

Nhan Dan

October 22, 2007

Nhan Dan- Quang Nam Central Province’s People’s Committee has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to approve a plan on the establishment of two new elephant and Sao La deer (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) preservation zones.

Accordingly, the elephant preservation zone is to be located in a lowland area with an area of 18,765 hectares in Que Phuoc and Que Lam communes of Que Son district. This zone contains wild elephants, five special kinds of birds (only existing in this zone) and turtles.

Quang Nam province has suggested an area of 11,732 hectares for the Sao La deer preservation zone in Bha Lee, Avuong and Ta Lu Song Kon communes.

Authorities of Thue Thien-Hue and Quang Nam provinces in central Vietnam have signed an agreement to preserve Sao La deer through the establishment of two preservation zones in the two provinces.

The two preservation zones have an area of each. The two zones are connected to Bach Ma National Park by a buffer zone of Thus, a preservation area of 2, in total has been formed to preserve not only Sao La deer, but also many endemic species of Vietnam.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Rogue elephants wreak havoc in central Vietnam village

Thanh Nien
September 11, 2007

A herd of over 20 elephants has been destroying large tracts of paddy and corn fields in Daklak province in Vietnam’s central highlands with authorities unable to find a way to chase the animals away.

Since last week more than 20 hectares belonging to some 25 families had been destroyed, officials in La Lop commune said.

Several structures put up as guardhouses too have been destroyed.

Vi Van Binh, one of the officials, said the herd was different from the ones that had wreaked havoc in previous years.

Loudspeakers and drums, usually effective in scaring away elephants, were of no use this time, he said.

There are still some 250 hectares of crops left. meaning the animals are not done with their destruction.

The case has been reported to higher authorities but no solution seems to be in sight yet.

Elephants are protected under Vietnamese wildlife laws.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Central province moves to protect wild elephants

Nhan Dan

September 7, 2007

The central province of Nghe An has taken measures to protect wild elephants and ensure safety for local people and their properties that are threatened by the big animals.

According to local rangers, two herds of wild elephants with around nine heads in the province in recent years have attacked residential areas and destroyed crops in Anh Son, Thanh Chuong, Con Cuong, Tuong Duong and Que Phong districts.

The provincial rangers are entrusted to coordinate with management boards of the Pu Mat National Park and the Pu Huong Nature Reserve to work out schemes to preserve the elephant herds, relocate households from dangerous areas, and raise public awareness of the need to protect the elephants.

The rangers have also guided local people in using such traditional methods as fire lighting and drumming to drive away the animals when being attacked.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Vietnam Nabs Ivory Smugglers With 26 Elephant Tusks
December 21, 2006
Police in northern Vietnam arrested three people after seizing more than 100 kilograms of elephant tusks destined for the ivory trade, an official said Thursday.
Traffic police in Quang Ninh province stopped a taxi en route to Mong Cai Town near the border with China last Saturday and found 26 elephant tusks weighing 117.5 kilograms.
"They were transporting the tusks to the border to send them to China," said Tran Ngoc Duong, a policeman of Quang Ninh province, 150 kilometers east of Hanoi.
Hoang The Vinh, 34, the owner of the tusks, confessed to the police that he had bought the tusks in Nghe An province in central Vietnam for 4.5 million dong (280 dollars) per kilogram, police said.
The arrested, including Vinh, Chu Hong Sang, 39, and Ngo Thi Nga, will be charged with smuggling and violating regulations on protecting wild animals.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wild elephants cause havoc in central Vietnam

Thanh Nien
December 18, 2006
Four wild elephants have been on a rampage in Vietnam̢۪s central Nghe An province for the last 10 days, seriously injuring a man and destroying dozens of hectares of crops.
Over 100 households in Bai Lim village in Anh Son district are threatened by the giant animals that seem to be slowly losing their fear of man.
In the past people in the area used to light fires and make loud noises to scare them away, a farmer reported. But the same tactics were only provoking attacks on people now, he said.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Elephants destroy crops in Nghe An

Vietnam News Agency
December 13, 2006
A herd of four elephants last week destroyed more than 2ha of crops in Thanh Thuy Village, Thanh Chuong District, in the central province of Nghe An. The elephants did not attack anyone, but roamed the area, uprooting cassava and corn plants and then piling them up into several heaps.
Local residents believed the elephants belonged to one family. The elephants also entered the area late last year.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Rogue elephants wreak havoc in central Vietnam, again

Thanh Nien News
November 22, 2006

Four elephants Wednesday morning destroyed over 15 ha of rice and crops in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam province, local authorities said.

The Tra Doc commune government said three adults and one baby elephant also destroyed dozens of sentry boxes guarding the fields in the commune.

Early this month, the elephants demolished one house, but its seven occupants luckily escaped unharmed.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Elephants trample village crops

Elephants trample village crops

VietNamNet Bridge – Four wild elephants are damaging crops and causing concern among residents in the central province of Quang Nam's Tra Doc Commune, with some villagers criticising local authorities for not responding to the problem soon enough.

Local residents are now using traditional methods such as lighting fires and banging gongs to drive away the elephants, but they are prohibited to kill or hunt the animals.
Village 5, located about four hours walk from Tra Doc Commune's centre, has 44 households.

The community of 260 Ca Dong ethnic minority people said they are worried about the elephants, who have repeatedly damaged rice and subsidiary crops, especially during the night.
One local farmer whose crops have been damaged, Ho Van Truong, said his family members' long and hard work on their farm had been completely ruined one night due to the elephants.
Truong said the elephants had trampled about one ha of rice and many areas of subsidiary crops in the village, and also damaged watch towers.

"Local residents don't dare to go to the field to harvest subsidiary crop," said Truong.
Chairman of the commune's People's Committee, Ho Cao Quy, said local authorities had reported the damage to the Forest Management Department and People's Committee in Bac Tra My District and asked them for relevant measures to solve the problem, but they apparently need support from higher levels.

Quy said communal authorities had investigated the damaged areas and encouraged people to not sleep in watch towers at night.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Wild elephants terrorize Vietnam farmers

Wild elephants terrorize Vietnam farmers
Thanh Nien News
October 12, 2006

A group of four wild elephants on Tuesday ravaged a mountainous village of farmers in Vietnam’s central province Quang Nam, reported local authorities. Luckily, no one has been injured or killed, but the elephants – including three mature and a young one – devastated over ten hectares of crops in the 5th village of Tra Doc commune in Bac Tra My district.

The group appeared in the evening, apparently scavenging for food and vegetables, chasing locals around in the process. Wild elephants have appeared in the area in the past, destroying hundreds of hectares of crops and threatening locals.

Police, military servicemen and locals are now taking turns on guard, beating drums and setting fires to intimidate and drive the menacing animals away. But the elephants seem to be growing immune to the threats, even getting more angry and aggressive.

A source from Tuoi Tre said illegal hunters had gathered in the area to kill the elephants for tusks, a practice banned in Vietnam, that could result in imprisonment. Years ago, wild elephants appeared at Tanh Linh forest in Binh Thuan province, 300km from Ho Chi Minh City, killing 10 locals.

Local authorities have endeavored to invite foreign experts to the area to trap and move them to protected forests, but as yet nothing is in place to solve the problem.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Wild animal smugglers stopped in their tracks

Wild animal smugglers stopped in their tracks
Thanh Nien

A check stop in northern Vietnam uncovered a large cache of wild animal parts in a truck including 11 elephant tusks, while hundreds of kilograms of animals were seized in the south yesterday.

Traffic police in the northern province Thanh Hoa Saturday morning searched the truck carrying the elephant tusks, and found 22 tiger teeth, 6 bear galls and 4 tiger skulls.
The smuggler fled the scene, but the contraband was retrieved and brought to the provincial investigation agency.

On the same day, HCMC police seized a 108kg haul of iguanas, snakes, turtles, weasels, mouse deer, pangolin, monkeys, and wild boars in the city’s Thu Duc district.

According to the initial investigation, Nguyen Tri Dung and Dao Van Lang, aged 26 and 19, respectively, confessed that a large part of the wild goods belonged to Nguyen Minh Tiem in neighboring Binh Phuoc province.

HCMC authorities last month also swooped down on a slaughterhouse in Thu Duc District and seized hundreds of kilograms of wild animals allegedly destined for city-based restaurants.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Government Plan Aims to Save Vietnam's Declining Elephants

Government plan aims to save Vietnam's declining elephants
VietNamNet Bridge September 13, 2006

The number of elephants in Vietnam has plummeted from 2,000 to 130 over the past 30 years. To counteract this alarming trend, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a national action plan for elephant conservation last week in Hanoi.

The Vietnam National Elephant Action plan, developed by the Ministry's Forest Protection Department (FPD), aims to conserve and develop wild and domestic elephant populations in the country in a sustainable way. The plan, which will extent through 2010, also includes provisions for the conservation of elephant habitats.

According to Tran The Lien, a representative from the FPD, a statistically documented drastic drop in the number of elephants in Vietnam prompts action. Areas that once were home to large herds currently have few if any elephants. "In Vietnam, wild elephants are confronting a high possibility of extinction if there are no effective conservation solutions," Lien said.

Lien attributes the decrease in the number of wild elephants to illegal hunting for ivory and trapping for domestication, the destruction of elephant of habitats and increasing contact between humans and elephants. The new plan will include methods to minimise human-elephant contact using electric fences and trenches to prevent elephants from raiding agricultural areas, in addition to the use of noise and smells that elephants dislike to drive them away from roads and people's property.

In locations inhabited by both people and elephant, farmers will be encouraged to reconsider their crop choices so as not to attract elephants. To handle situations which human-elephant contact does occur, detailed plans will be drawn and implemented. In addition, the new plan will entail the protection of elephant habitats and efforts to ensure adequate production of food for elephants.

Elephant sanctuaries will be built in Dac Lac, Dong Nai and Nghe An provinces, regions that contain large elephant habitat areas and well-populated herds. In areas with smaller elephant populations, habitats will be examined to create optimal conditions for the elephants' long- term survival. When all other options have been exhausted without success, the possibility of relocating elephants will be considered.

Provisions for the domesticated elephant population will also be put into motion, with a new control and management system that includes placing tracking devices on domesticated elephants. With this system, domestic elephant populations will be able to be more easily monitored for their protection and for research their reproduction, facilitating the conservation and development of domestic elephant populations.

A publicity campaign will encourage people to participate in forest protection and remind them that elephant poaching is strictly prohibited in Vietnam. The campaign also aims to increase awareness about elephant conservation and its importance to local communities, especially those in the areas containing elephant herds.

To prevent illegal poaching and the international trade of elephant products, the plan will fine-tune the current law enforcement system to ensure its effectiveness. At the launching ceremony last week, representatives from the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Dac Lac and Dong Nai gave presentations on the implementation of the plan.