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Phong Nha - Ke Bang planning announced

Released at: 09:24, 11/06/2015

Phong Nha - Ke Bang planning announced

National Park to be largely protected from effects of tourism to its world-famous caves.

by Son Ho

On June 10 the Ministry of Construction and the Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee announced the general planning to 2030 for the central province’s Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park.

The general planning covers 40,860 ha of the park’s 123,300 ha.

Mass tourism will not be developed in certain protected zones. Tourist numbers permitted to partake in activities such as caving, mountain climbing, mountain-biking, and forest exploration, among others, will be limited. At the tourism site only a few roads will be built for special vehicles, and no overnight accommodation or service facilities are allowed.

Tourism to caves such as Thien Duong, Phong Nha, Tien Son, Son Doong, and others will continue to be developed, accessed only on foot or by boat. Construction works for management, scientific research, and tourism services will use environmentally-friendly technology. The altering of landscapes will be limited to restrict any effect on the local ecosystem.

Notably, the planning does not mention the construction of a cable car at Son Doong Cave.

Mr. Nguyen Huu Hoai, Chairman of the Quang Binh Provincial People’s Committee, said that the province will compile detailed planning based on this general planning, which will preserve and promote the heritage of the site. “We have done well in conservation activities over the last ten years,” he said. “In July the government will submit a proposal to UNESCO seeking recognition of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park’s biodiversity.”

In 2003 Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park was recognized as a world heritage site. About 300 caves have been discovered, many of which have been used for tourism purposes.

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