Quang Binh Province will spend 10 billion dong, or some US$637,000 to hire foreign experts to make the overall zoning map for turning Phong Nha–Ke Bang National Park into a tourism area, said the provincial chairman.
Phan Lam Phuong said the world-recognising natural heritage site should be developed into an eco-tourism zone, and foreign consultants a re invited to make the master plan.
The zoning map must be attractive to major tourism projects but the environment must be protected, Phuong said, explaining that tourism facilities must be harmony with the whole national park.
The province wants to use part of the park for tourism purposes. Given the lack of such a zoning map, the central province has not been able to capitalise on the world heritage site’s potential, he said.
Phuong added the province would announce an intended overall planning to serve as a basis for preparing a master plan. “We welcome companies to make zoning maps for the national park, and the best will be selected. Those plans not selected will also be entitled to partial financial support,” Phuong said.
The province’s Construction Service is responsible for receiving dossiers and plans from foreign experts and companies that want to make zoning maps for Phong Nha Ke Bang.
Unesco recognised the national park, which is 50 kilometres northwest of the province’s Dong Hoi Town, as a world heritage site in July last year. It covers over 85,000 hectares with a rich flora and fauna system, divided into three zones: 64,894 hectares for ecological restoration, and 3,411 hectares for administration and service purposes.