Quang Ninh tries to protect Halong bay environment

Tuan Chau Group has recently submitted to Quang Ninh People’s Committee the adjustment plan of Tuan Chau International Entertainment resort with the main idea to pour more than 20 million tonnes of soil and rock down to the bay to encroach further 400 hectares of water surface in the west of Tuan Chau island, serving for the construction of 3 villa groups figuring 3 flowers.

Tuan Chau resort island

Tuan Chau resort island

The Group also gave plans to protect the environment and prevent sedimentation of Halong Bay caused by the levelling works. Previously the group had 7 times requested to adjust planning of the Tuan Chau area and was approved by the local government in 2011.

Over the past years, Unesco has made recommendations for the management and conservation of the World Heritage Site of Halong bay, specifically at the meetings of the World Heritage Committee, Unesco has requested Vietnam to explain the isssues affecting the global outstading value of Halong bay, including the impact of tourism and the aqua culture within and around the bay area, impact of the construction projects that encroached the sea, environmental protection…

According to Dang Van Bai, vice chairman of the National Heritage Board, in an effort to make the committment to Unesco, in recent years Quang Ninh province has made great effort to protect the “treasure” it posesses. The board also found that the preservation and promotion of heritage value of Halong bay has made significant progress. Bai said that in February Vietnam will make the final report on the status of preservation of Halong bay. Thus the proposal of Tuan Chau group is obviously raising the risk of Unesco continuing to put more warnings to the preservation of this heritage

By now even the issues related to the management and exploitation of Ha Long Bay is still in the process of finding an appropriate model. For example, in 2014, the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh proposed guidelines for private sectors bidding for exploitation of World Heritage Halong Bay. But until now people still wonder with problems. In it the biggest concerns is whether allowing private enterprises to exploit Halong would damage it?

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