Lý Sơn Island fights mass tourism development

Rapid development of resorts, hotels and entertainment projects in the Lý Sơn Island off the central coastal province of Quảng Ngãi threaten to seriously damage the ancient geography of the area related to volcanic eruptions 25 to 30 million years ago. Thin edge: A sea port being built on Lý Sơn Islands. It is feared that the development of many buildings will damage the islands’ fragile structure Biologists, scientists and geologists have raised concerns about plans to develop a big resort on the islands that would cover an area of 70ha, including 50ha of sea space in the Lý Sơn Marine Protected Area.The island, 30km off the coast of Quảng Ngãi Province, is the remains of a volcanic eruptions dormant volcano, and the terrain of the island was structured from volcanoes millions years ago, leaving landscapes with rocks, caves, cliffs, rock arches and a lake.In a recent working session with Vietnam Infrastructure Investment and Development joint stock company (VIID), the central province’s people’s committee allowed investors to begin a survey on the project in the first quarter this year.Director of the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, Dr Trần Văn Tân , said that the province should carefully consider a decision to build the resort complex.”A 70ha project, which would cover an area of sea and land, is really a large project on a small area.The islands and a vast coast area of Bình Sơn district are being considered as a site for a Global Geo-Park for approval by… [Read full story]


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