The agreement is part of the cooperation program between Quang Ninh province and Hai Phong city in the period of 2009-2015.
Under the agreement, the two localities will work together to ensure proper enforcement of laws and local regulations on production and services activities in the bays.
In addition, the two sides will jointly promote the value of the bays, nature reserves, national parks and other tourist attractions as well as enhance the protection of natural resources and ecological systems in the areas.
Covering an area of around 1,553 sq km, Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes 1,960 –2,000, most of which are 500 million-year-old limestone outcrops, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
About 25km from downtown Halong and strongly recommended to tourists in Halong Bay, Cat Ba archipelago, a group of about 367 islands is not only one of the most popular tourism destinations in the north of Vietnam but also a national park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve Park. Cat Ba archipelago has an area of 328.64 sq km and boasts a typical ecological system in Vietnam, including tropical rain forests on limestone islands, mangrove forests, coral reefs, sea grass, sand beaches and mysterious caves./.
Translated by Diep Nhi/QNP