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Ninh Bình protects biodiversity for sustainable future



Ninh Bình’s Hoa Lư District is home to some truly breathtaking landscapes. VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức

Ninh Bình is blessed by nature with a wide range of beautiful natural landscapes and ecosystems. The province’s forest area exceeds 29,000 hectares, making it the region’s largest, exceeding the forests in neighbouring provinces in the Red River Delta.

Over the years, Ninh Bình has aggressively implemented measures to conserve biodiversity and sustainably develop the value that natural ecosystems offer.

Vân Long Wetland Nature Reserve, Ninh Bình’s Gia Viễn District, is a complete residual wetland in the Red River Delta region, comprised of rivers, shallow lakes, and vegetation with distinct ecological characteristics, resulting in a distinctive natural landscape.

Vân Long also has high biodiversity value, including two ecosystems, the wetland environment and the limestone ecosystem.

Vân Long lagoon in Gia Viễn District, Ninh Bình Province, is the largest wetland nature reserve in the Red River Delta. VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức

More than 720 species of plants from 277 families and six phyla of higher vascular plants can be found in the area, with many included in the Việt Nam’s Red Data Book.

The range of animals is also incredible. There are 39 species of mammals, 100 bird species, 38 reptile and amphibian species, 43 fish species, 132 insect species, 48 terrestrial mollusc species, and 60 aquatic mollusc species all recorded here.

Vân Long lagoon is a habitat for several uncommon bird species. VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức

Notably, Vân Long Wetland Nature Reserve homes the greatest number of langurs in Việt Nam that could be witnessed in the wild.

The location holds two Vietnamese records: “The conservation area with the biggest langur population in Việt Nam” and “The region with the largest natural scene in Việt Nam”.

Bùi Công Chính, head of the Hoa Lư-Gia Viễn Inter-district Forest Protection Department, stated that sustainable forest management is crucial for identifying basic measures in sustainable forest resource management, attracting investment in developing eco-tourism, creating jobs for locals, and improving the lives of people in the region.

The department has organized patrols to protect forests, and teams to prevent and control forest fires over the years to conserve biodiversity and forest resources. Patrol routes have been built, particularly in key zones and locations with rare and precious species of flora and fauna, to prevent illegal exploitation, trading, transportation, storage, and processing of forest products.

The department also arranged for staff to visit, gain practical experience in law enforcement, and increase their knowledge of the environment, land management, and use of sustainable resources.

They have worked with related agencies to finish the reserve’s biodiversity project and unified management of the entire forest land and wetland area. In addition, they have also worked out plans for sustainable management of special-use forests and a management programme for tourism industry in reserve to protect its integrity.

The Tràng An landscape complex is located in the area of Hoa Lư special-use forest, with a high level of biodiversity and two major ecosystem types: a limestone and an aquatic ecosystem.

Biodiversity in Tràng An is evident in the diversity of species composition and genetic resources and the presence of numerous endemic and uncommon animal and plant species.

There are currently 134 plant families, 384 genera, and 577 species described in the flora of Tràng An. In particular, there are 10 species listed in Việt Nam’s Red Data Book that need to be conserved and seven species that have never been seen before in the country’s flora.

Tràng An complex’s fauna is also exceptionally diverse, with 30 species of zooplankton and 40 species of benthic creatures living in the marsh. The striped-necked turtle, which can only be found in Tràng An, is an endangered species that must be protected.

Notably, after being relocated by Cúc Phương National Park and the Việt Nam Wildlife Conservation Centre to the Ngọc Island region of Tràng An complex for more than a year, a langur family has produced its first offspring.

In the near future, the Management Board of the Tràng An Landscape Complex intends to breed several endemic and rare species for raising, additional planting, reducing the risk of extinction, and locate suitable sites to establish an artificial habitat and preserve some of these species for biodiversity in the near future.

The Cúc Phương Endangered Primate Rescue Centre is a temporary shelter for langurs before returning to the wild. VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức

In 2004, UNESCO identified seven coastal communes within the administrative boundaries of Kim Sơn District in Ninh Bình, in the buffer and transition zones of the Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve.

These locations are currently sustaining great biodiversity values with rare species of worldwide significance and many rare species documented in the Red Book of Việt Nam and the world.

For a green Ninh Bình

Ninh Bình has been working for years to find a sustainable approach to developing tourism while still protecting the province’s ecology.

The province has swiftly released documents that clarify regulations and legislation relating to biodiversity, tourism development, and environmental preservation in tandem with planning efforts.

Additionally, the province has taken steps to ensure the long-term viability of its natural resources and created methods to distribute the benefits of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Following its rescue by forest rangers, a masked palm civet is released in Cúc Phương National Park. VNA/VNS Photo Đức Phương

Furthermore, local authorities also provide financial assistance from the state budget to encourage the creation of buffer zones to safeguard local residents’ well-being and prevent logging and wild animal hunting by those who live in or near the forest.

Nguyễn Văn Dương, head of the Provincial Department of Forest Protection, stated that the department frequently mobilises personnel for forest management and protection, fire prevention and control, as well as biodiversity protection.

According to the law, they have also increased coordination in patrolling and managing violations of forest land encroachment, illegal trading of forest products, and wildlife trafficking.

In the future, the forest protection authority will strengthen coordination in inspecting, patrolling, and protecting forests, particularly in special-use forests and protection forests.

The department will also coordinate regulations between ranger forces and bordering areas in preventing and handling violations; mobilise people to actively plant trees and engage in forest protection and development; prevent illegal trade or consumption of forest animals or plants; and protect biodiversity. VNS



Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider



With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider hinh anh 1Visitors to Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic
market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Not Chinese
travellers or any other sources of international tourists, it is the domestic
sector that will remain the “brightest” factor helping Vietnam’s tourism continue
recovering strongly in 2023, Nguyen Huu Y Yen, General Director of the Saigontourist
Travel Service Co. Ltd, said as cited by Thanh nien (Young people) newspaper.

He said
before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the three biggest sources of foreign
visitors to Vietnam were China, Russia, and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

flights from the RoK have been resumed just recently while there haven’t been
many Chinese tourists, and Russian tourists haven’t returned. The European and
US markets have begun to bounce back but are unlikely to record a breakthrough in
2023, he pointed out.

expected the number of international tourists in 2023 will return to about 50%
of the 2019 level. Meanwhile, in just over six months of 2022, the number of
domestic travellers rebounded to over 50% of the pre-pandemic level, and this
year’s figure will definitely reach 70 – 75%. Outbound tourism will also share
the same trend.

domestic market can regain the 2019 growth in 2024, the Saigontourist CEO predicted.

About 9
million Vietnamese travelled during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, surging 47.5%
year on year, statistics show.

Trung Khanh, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism,
expressed his belief that 2023 will be a vibrant year for Vietnamese tourism in
terms of both domestic and international markets.

He cited
some experts as saying that the world will witness vigorous growth in travel
demand this year. As a bright spot in the global tourism map, Vietnam will
definitely not be out of this trend./.


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Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product



Not only famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its unique taste.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 1Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi– Not only famous for its
beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as
hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its
unique taste.

A convergence of local specialties and those of nearby provinces and
foreign countries, Da Nang is considered as a representative of the rich
culinary heritage of Vietnam.

Some of must-try dishes include banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake),
mi Quang (Quang noodles), Banh trang cuon thit heo (sliced pork rolled with
rice paper), goi ca Nam O (Nam O fish salad), among others.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, there are now
more than 4,000 dining establishments and 200 restaurants in the city. Of this, over 2,000 small- and medium-sized ones specialise in dishes of
all regions of Vietnam.

Besides the taste of local dishes, foreign tourists can find themselves in a familiar atmosphere as they are surrounded with those from the Republic of Korea, China,
Japan, and Thailand.

Over the past time, the Da Nang’s Tourism Promotion Centre and the Da Nang Cuisine Culture Association have jointly organised food festivals and competitions, and promoted the city’s famous dishes on internet platforms
such as YouTube and TikTok.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 2Son Tra night market (Photo:VNA)

Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Xuan Binh said to attract more tourists,
the city has developed a plan to promote the locality’s cuisine into a
unique tourism product during 2023-2025, with a vision to 2030.

The plan aims to diversify and form a system of such products, thus greatly contributing to building the brand and
image of the city’s tourist destinations, promoting economic development,
generating revenue, effectively exploiting the value chains, and preserving and
enhancing the exchange of cultural values to tourists./.


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Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January



The Vietnamese tourism industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January hinh anh 1Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic tourists in January (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Vietnamese tourism
industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Total revenue from tourists during the month was estimated at 46 trillion VND (1.96 billion USD).

During the seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday that lasted from January 20-26, the country was estimated to serve 9 million
domestic visitors, an increase of about 47.5% compared to the 2022 Tet, with an estimated revenue of 17.5 trillion VND.

The local tourism sector targets 110 million tourists this year, including 8
million foreign visitors and 102 million domestic holiday-makers; and earn some
650 trillion VND from the non-smoke industry.

In 2022, Vietnam recorded around 101.3 million domestic tourists, exceeding the yearly plan by 68.3% . The tourism sector booked some 495 trillion VND (21.1 billion USD) in revenue, 23% higher than the target, thanks to the whopping number of domestic tourists./.


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