Nha Trang nature reserve may be operated by private firm

Last update 17:01 | 12/06/2017

The central province of Khanh Hoa is considering allowing a local private firm to preserve and operate its Hon Mun Nature Reserve, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the province.

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Tourists in Hon Mun 

Earlier in February this year, the provincial people’s committee agreed on Hon Tam Nha Trang Sea JS Company’s proposal to manage Hon Mun Nature Reserve. The company would also provide eco-tourism tours.

The company has co-operated with Australia’s Reef Ecologic to survey the condition of the reserve.

Dr. Adam Smith, director of Reef Ecologic who has participated in many projects to preserve the marine environment and coral reefs around the world, said Hon Mun had 15 spots shallow enough for tourists to dive and see the coral. He also discovered Anemone.

Dr. Smith, however, said that Hon Mun Nature Reserve was being threatened by harmful creatures, including the crown-of-thorns starfish which use coral as their food. One starfish of this kind can eat up to one square metre of coral per a day, he noted.

Meanwhile, waste and illegal fishing have also damaged the coral. “It takes up to 30 million years to develop a coral reef but it can be destroyed in just six months,” Dr. Smith warned.

Hon Mun Nature Reserve is currently being operated by Nha Trang Bay’s management board. The board said that many tourists litter the sea and damage the coral reefs.

Doan Van Trang, Chairman of Hon Tam Nha Trang Sea JS Company, said the company will work with Reef Ecologic to work on a preservation plan for the reserve. “We will pay attention to the preservation for the sustainable development because without the coral reefs there’s nothing for tourism development. We’ll spend the two first years for the preservation work only,” he added.

Nguyen Tac An, vice head of Vietnam Marine Science and Technology Association, said the reserve management and operation must be based on the Heritage Law. The province must seek the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s approval.

Dr. Smith said that it was necessary to restrict the number of tourist boats and travellers to avoid stressing the reserve’s environment. Each tourist must be carefully instructed before visiting the reserve.


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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