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Núi Chúa World Biosphere Reserve attract tourists with its diverse ecosystems

NINH THUẬN — Núi Chúa World Biosphere Reserve in the south-central province of Ninh Thuận has a total area of more than 106,646 hectares. Its core, Núi Chúa National Park, covers 15,752 hectares and consists of three natural areas of forest, sea and semi-desert, including many rich and diverse ecosystems.

Tourists sightseeing seascapes in Núi Chúa National Park. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thành

Here you will find around 1,500 plant species, including 10 endemics and 54 that are recorded in the Việt Nam Red Book and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List.

The fauna is also very rich with 756 species of wild animals, more than 350 types of coral and hundreds of marine animals.

An expanse of rocks in Núi Chúa National Park also attracts many visitors — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thành

The Núi Chúa coastal area is a rare place on the mainland where protected sea turtles come to lay eggs every year.

In recent years, the provincial authorities of Ninh Thuận have strengthened measures to conserve endangered and rare species of marine fauna and flora, and sustainably restore and develop the ecosystem of the Núi Chúa National Park Marine Protected Area.

Vĩnh Hy Bay in Núi Chúa National Park is among the most beautiful bays in Việt Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thành

The provincial People's Committee (administration) has spent more than VNĐ3.3 billion (nearly US$145,000) on a management plan of the Núi Chúa National Park Marine Protected Area in the 2021-25 period, which focuses on activities to preserve the value of natural resources and cultural and historical heritage, and rationally exploit and promote the value of the marine protected area.

One of the special features of Núi Chúa National Park is that this area has a dry and hot climate similar to many places in Africa (the highest temperature is approximately 42 degrees Celsius). Therefore, this place is also called "Phan Rang Dry Forest".

The amazing shaped rocks by the sea in Núi Chúa National Park. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thành

The harsh climate and diverse topography have created a standard for the most typical and unique dry forest ecosystem of Việt Nam and Southeast Asia.

Núi Chúa National Park in Ninh Thuận was recognised by UNESCO as a global biosphere reserve at the 33rd session of its International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) held in Nigeria in September 7, 2021.

Núi Chúa National Park consists of three natural areas of forest, sea and semi-desert, including many rich and diverse ecosystems. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thành

Along with preserving and researching biodiversity, the Núi Chúa National Park authority and the province in general have been focusing on developing various types of ecotourism to attract tourists.

From the beginning of this year, the park has greeted more than 130,000 local and foreign tourists. — VNS

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