In his opening remarks, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Chung Phung underlined the province’s efforts in the work, saying that the local authorities have devised many programmes, plans and strategies to promote the preservation of the Complex.
However, he noted that the complex is facing many challenges as well as impacts from changes in the natural and social environment.
The workshop aims to collect opinions from domestic and foreign experts, managers and scientists on action plans to improve the efficiency of the preservation in combination with tourism development, Phung said.
The official expressed his hope that reports delivered at the workshop will help Ninh Binh roll out orientations in managing and upholding values of the Trang An Landscape Complex in the future.
Participant focused discussions on responsible tourism development, relationship between conservation and sustainable development in world heritage areas, preservation and orientations to promote cultural tourism development, tourism exploitation and management, and protection of world heritages at tourist sites.
They highlighted active results in preserving, managing and promoting the Trang An Complex’s values in recent years, which have contributed to attracting more visitors to Ninh Binh.
The participants proposed ways to better state management of the complex, and stressed the need to review policies and legal documents on heritage protection and make adjustments to them. It is necessary to promote campaigns to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting the heritage, and benefits it brought in, they said.
The Trang An complex is a World Natural Heritage and includes Tam Coc-Bich Dong - a series of karst caves and mountain pagodas, the ancient and new Bai Dinh pagoda and the Hoa Lu ancient capital. The area, dotted with forest, lime mountains, rivers, lakes and dams, covers 12,252 hectares.
Ninh Binh province welcomed over 7 million holidaymakers in 2017, up 8 percent against 2016, with over 6 million of whom visited the Trang An Landscape Complex.