|Part of the U Minh Hạ National Park in the southernmost province of Cà Mau will be turned into an eco-tourism zone by 2025.—VNA Photo Huỳnh Anh|Viet Nam News
CÀ MAU — The southernmost province of Cà Mau has announced a plan to turn 1,300ha of the U Minh Hạ National Park into an eco-tourism zone by 2025.
It will have a park with a diverse range of flora and fauna, a medicinal garden and a village with board and lodging for visitors.
It will be connected with the tourist Hòn Đá Bạc and Sông Trẹm eco-tourism sites.
It will cost around VNĐ1.45 trillion (US$62.4 million) of which VNĐ106 billion will come from the province’s coffers and the rest from the private sector.
After it is completed, the national park is expected to welcome 203,000 visitors a year, generating revenues of around VNĐ295 billion.
The park spreads over an area of more than 8,500ha and straddles four communes in the districts of Trần Văn Thời and U Minh.
It is surrounded by a 25,000ha buffer zone.
Well-known for its rich fauna and flora, it is home to dozens of rare birds and animals which find a place in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
U Minh Hạ is also one of three wetland conservation sites in the Mekong Delta recognised by UNESCO as one of three core zones of the Mũi Cà Mau (Cà Mau Cape) World Biosphere Reserve. — VNS