Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA) – The southern
province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau will build 17 eco-tourism routes under a tourism development project at the Con Dao National Park for 2021-2030.
The provincial People’s Committee issued a decision
dated November 9, 2021 approving the project on ecological, leisure and
entertainment tourism at the national park, aiming to diversify tourism activities in
Con Dao island district.
Con Dao will optimise potential and advantages of the
national park to promote eco-tourism, while raising the awareness of local
residents and visitors about Con Dao’s natural, cultural, historical and
humanitarian values through the tourism activities, thus enhancing their responsibility for protecting the environment and natural resources.
The decision creates the legal foundation for attracting investment into tourism in Con Dao.
Nguyen Khac Pho, Director of the Con Dao national
park, said the park is the pioneer in launching eco-tourism in combination with
The park will coordinate with local authorities and
competent agencies to step up activities in preserving forest and
maritime resources, and build a database on forest resources, along with a map
of the natural resources.
More joint efforts will be made in preventing
deforestation and other acts that affect forest and maritime resources, and
organising communication and education programmes.
The Con Dao National Park became the 2,203rd Ramsar
site in the world and the sixth in Vietnam in 2013. It is home to 1,077 species
of vascular plants and 155 species of fauna. Many bird species in Con Dao
cannot be found anywhere else in Vietnam, such as the red-billed tropicbird,
masked booby and pied imperial pigeon.
Surveys by the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography
found there are over 1,300 maritime fauna and flora species, including 44 in
Vietnam’s Red Data Book, in the park. Particularly, Con Dao is home to a small
population of dugongs which are vulnerable to extinction around the world.
Con Dao National Park is also an important nesting
place for olive ridley sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles, two species
threatened with extinction globally./.