Authorities in the southern Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh have merged Chang Riec Culture and History Forest and Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park to form the new Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park.
Provincial People’s Committee vice-chairman Tran Van Chien signed the official decision.
The new national park covers 30,000ha of natural forest covering six communes in Tan Bien district, namely Tan Lap, Tan Binh, Hoa Hiep, Thanh Tay, Thanh Bac and Thanh Binh.
The newly-formed park borders Svay Rieng province’s Romeas Hek district, Prey Veng province’s Kamchay Mear district and Tbong Khmum province’s Ponhea Kraek and Memot districts in Cambodia’s southeast.
The park will continue to host a standard ecological system of dense forest with the biological features of a place joining the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) area, east southern area and Cuu Long (Mekong) River Delta together with endangered animals to maintain valuable species for future research and other purposes.
The management board of the park is also responsible for preserving national historical relics like the base of the Provisionary Revolutionary Government of the Southern Vietnam Republic, the base of the Southern Central Department, and the base of the Southern Vietnam People Liberation Front, which were used during the US War in Vietnam.
The park is divided into three functional zones. The first zone is strictly protected, including over 10,600ha in Tan Binh and Tan Lap communes.
The second zone is an area for biology recovery, covering over 19,000ha of Tan Lap, Tan Binh, Hoa Hiep, Thanh Tay, Thanh Bac and Thanh Binh. The third zone is for administration offices, which covers over 130ha in the communes of Tan Lap, Tan Binh, Thanh Tay and Thanh Bac.
On March 21, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung sent an official document No 394/TTg NN on the guidelines to merge Chang Riec Culture and History Forest into Lo Go – Xa Mát National Park following the proposal of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to publish a decision to establish the new Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park.
VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK