|Phia Oắc - Phia Đén National Park will be a more popular destination to tourists. — File Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has signed a decision to establish the Phia Oắc-Phia Đén National Park in the northern province of Cao Bằng.
The park is aimed at protecting the local ecology and diversity, comprising 90 genres of plants and 58 rare animals as well as cultural values, landscapes and ecological environment.
The park, which used to be a nature preservation area, has been established to protect the natural forest area and increase the green cover from 84 per cent in 2016 to 95 per cent by 2030, creating a more conducive environment for flora and fauna.
The National Park covers an area of some 10,600ha, stretching across four communes including Thành Công, Quang Thành, Phan Thanh and Hưng Đạo, and Tĩnh Túc Town of Nguyên Bình District in Cao Bằng Province.
The Government has tasked the park’s managing board with protecting the existing natural forest land while enriching it by growing rare and native plants. The board will also be responsible for improving the forest’s capability to retain more water, prevent erosion and flood, and protect the ecology, so that people are encouraged to live in the lower areas.
The managing board has also been directed to conduct scientific research on preservation, improve people’s awareness on environment and biological diversity, and train manpower to save wild animals.
The park has three functional zones: strictly protected zone, ecological recovery zone and administrative zone. The first zone covers more than 4,000ha, with various kinds of forests, including tropical rain forest and short-tree (temperate climate) forest.
The buffer zone of the park, with an area of over 8,200ha, stretches across six communes -- Phan Thanh, Thành Công, Quang Thành, Hưng Đạo, Vũ Nông and Thể Dục, as well as Tĩnh Túc Town of Nguyên Bình District, Cao Bằng Province. — VNS