Khanh Hoa issues orders to protect islands' environment

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014 16:05

A corner of Hon Mun Island in Nha Trang Bay, where is well known for its beaches and scuba diving. — Photo
HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The construction of hotels, high-rise buildings and places of worship has been prohibited in Hon Mun, Hon Noc, Hon Vung and Hon Cau islands in the central Khanh Hoa Province.

The decision is part of the provincial People's Committee's new management regulation to tighten conservation work at Nha Trang Bay, which is widely considered to be among the world's most beautiful bays.

Deputy Head of the Nha Trang Bay Management Board Nguyen Xuan Phuong told Biz Hub that several local residents had illegally built temples and pagodas, impacting the islands' beauty.

All illegal work has been shut down, said Phuong.

The regulation also prohibited hunting and exploitation of animals and plants on the islands, mountains and caves, and of sand, minerals and other construction materials.

Regarding tourism development in the bay, the order banned the discharge of waste products from ships into the waters and other violations that will affect the marine ecological system, which includes reefs, mangroves, turtle reproduction areas and rare aquatic species in the Vietnam Red Book.

The provincial People's Committee has issued a document requiring all cruise ships to install a system with tanks containing waste to protect the bay's environment from pollution.

The committee will spend VND135 million (US$6,428) to build a shed to pump waste from cruise ships to the local dumping ground. The pumping work will be carried out daily.

There are 124 cruise ships operating in the bay. — VNS

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