Việt Nam is in the final stages of preparing a dossier for re-nomination of World Heritage Site (WHS) Hạ Long Bay to include Cát Bà Archipelago for submission to the UN cultural agency UNESCO by September.
If approved, the expanded heritage site would confirm the country’s prestige in natural preservation, and allow it to boost its tourism development.
However, experts have warned more fierce challenges would face the region’s people and authorities in the balance between development and conservation.
A Vice Chairman of the National Heritage Council, Đặng Văn Bài, said Hạ Long Bay in the northern province of Quảng Ninh with its status as a world heritage site, had brought big potential for tourism but also placed local people and authorities under the strain of conservation and management, of which the most dangerous impact was from increasing environmental pollution.
The experts analysed various issues that if not solved, could lead to unpredictable consequences.
Specifically, Bài highlighted issues arising between limited human management and a surplus of natural exploitation in the region.
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