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Rising visitor arrivals put Tram Chim sanctuary under pressure

(15:45:56 PM 06/03/2015)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - A surge in the number of visitors to Tram Chim sanctuary has piled pressure on biodiversity preservation at the national park in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, heard a conference last week.

 

 Rising visitor arrivals put Tram Chim sanctuary under pressure


Tram Chim attracted as many as 60,000 tourists last year, five times higher than the number before 2012 when the park was recognized as the world’s 2,000th site of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance.

 

Experts and researchers expressed concerns about the strong rise at a review conference on a project on biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement through sustainable ecotourism development. The event was co-organized by WWF Vietnam and the national park in Dong Thap Province.

 

Nguyen Van Hung, director of Tram Chim National Park, said as staff of the sanctuary lack tourism skills, they should be provided with courses on ecotourism development in order to better protect and preserve the national park.

 

Despite the increasing number of visitors, the sanctuary has a limited amount of money to preserve its biodiversity and develop suitable products as the environmental protection fee has not been collected. The main financial source for the park’s activities comes from conservation projects.

 

WWF Vietnam and Coca-Cola Vietnam provided technical and financial assistance for an ecotourism project at the park. In November 2013, Coca-Cola gave funds to WWF Vietnam and the park to enhance biodiversity through hydrological management and livelihood improvement.

 

Hoang Viet, manager of the salty soil and climate change program at WWF Vietnam, said the project was implemented at Tram Chim National Park because of its biodiversity. The park is home to 130 species of fish and 231 species of birds. In addition, it plays a major role in helping the Mekong Delta region adapt to climate change and store groundwater resources.

 

Although the number of visitors to the park has increased strongly in the past years, the supply of tourism products remains limited to bird watching and boat tours. Many scientists and travel firms expected the park would offer more products attractive to tourists in the coming time.

 

Viet said WWF would assist the park in developing more tourism products related to paddy harvest and fish catching, among others.

 

WWF and the park coordinated with travel firms to introduce tourism products of the park to potential visitors as part of the project. Employees of the park were trained to improve the proficiency of foreign languages as well as tourism skills and knowledge of ecotourism to help conserve biodiversity.

 

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