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Da Nang Tourism Association calls on the Prime Minister to plan Son Tra

Brown-shanked douc langur

Da Nang Tourism Association has written to the Prime Minister urgently ask for the status quo Son Tra peninsula.

Written by the Association Chairman Huynh Tan Gulf on March 21 confirmed Son Tra peninsula is considered as a treasure of the city of Da Nang. There are 985 species of tall plants (22 rare species), including 800-year-old banyan trees.

Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang city
Son Tra Peninsula is planned to become a center for ecotourism and luxury resort

There are also 111 species of animals are rich and endemic. In particular, the Red-shanked Douc langur is listed in the Vietnam Red Book (2007) and the World Conservation Union’s unconditionally protected species list – considered one of the world’s most endangered species. The population of douc langur is the largest in the natural world, a symbol of conservation of Son Tra.

With total area of ​​Son Tra is 4,298ha, natural forest is 2,810ha (1,077 ha has been contracted to households for production forest), Son Tra forest is narrowed and is being damaged. due to human activities.

Brown-shanked douc langur
Brown-shanked douc langur – an endemic species of Son Tra Mountain in Da Nang is in the red book is in danger of extinction.

Surrounding Son Tra is the rich and varied coral reefs of the tropical sea that attracts international diving tourists. In addition to strategic defense positions of great importance, the gateway to the city of Danang, including roads, roads and waterways and especially the defense and radar system is the eyes of the East. Ocean, dominating the vast South China Sea.

Son Tra was approved by the Prime Minister as Son Tra Nature Reserve in accordance with the “Decision approving the master plan for biodiversity conservation of the whole country up to 2020 with orientation to 2030” No. 45 / QD-TTg dated 08/01/2014.

Therefore, before Son Tra is oriented to develop “become ecological tourism center, high-class resort special South Central Coast and the country” (in the master plan development of tourism Son Tra, Da Nang city to 2025, orientation to 2030), the Association expressed deep concern.

This will reduce the area of ​​the forest, increase the rate of natural habitat loss, increase the pressure, the ability to find food and shelter of vulnerable organisms. , prone to extinction.

On the other hand, the construction of many hotel projects by businesses, if not strictly managed, would compromise security and defense layout and threaten national defense strategies once they can. transferred to foreign partners under the Enterprise Law.

“To build a hotel takes a few years, but to have a forest like Son Tra takes hundreds of years.”

In order for the city’s tourism industry to become a spearhead economic sector, sustainable development and environmentally friendly, the Association would like to recommend the status quo, not building new establishments in Son Tra. (Da Nang now has nearly 600 hotels with nearly 22,000 rooms, the city is quite capable of receiving up to 15 million visitors per year)

Besides, only Son Tra planning to become a place to visit and enjoy the natural landscape with strict requirements on the behavior of visitors. To minimize the use of motorized traffic to cause noise and pollution.

Limiting the implementation of projects on the coastal shelf adjacent to Son Tra Mountain increases the risk of destroying coastal reefs, changing currents, destroying coastal areas, socio-economic impacts of the population. .

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In addition, the merger of Son Tra Natural Reserve (established under Decision No. 45 / QD-TTg) and the surrounding waters to Nam Hai Van to form an international biosphere reserve as a model of the proposed nature reserve. Hoi An Cham Reserve of Hoi An aims to preserve both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

“At the national online conference on the environment on August 24, 2016 by the Prime Minister personally, the Prime Minister said: ‘Do not trade the environment for economic, affect the peace of people. Therefore, the Da Nang Tourism Association would like to ask the Prime Minister to consider adjusting the project and can widely consult domestic and foreign experts before implementing this plan to avoid the consequences, “

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