The PM has approved the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark construction plan in the northern province of Ha Giang till 2030.
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is located on the area of 232,606 ha consisting of four districts of Dong Van, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Quan Ba.
As many as 283,000 local people are living in the area (in 2014) and the figure is forecasted to reach 320,000-325,000 by 2020 and 370,000-375,000 by 2030.
In 2014, the region welcomed 0.6 million passengers. The number of visitors is estimated to reach 0.7-0.8 million by 2020 and 1-1.1 million by 2030.
The Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark will be connected with other regions, including geological heritage conservation area (35,840 ha), natural reservation and biodiversity, sustainable development of natural resources region, protection of landscapes area (2,564 ha), urban development zones and tourist centers, agricultural and forestry raw materials region in association with hi-tech processing, development of rural residential area, network area, and high quality pharmaceutical development zone.
Urban areas will be constructed to become tourism centers, ensuring the connection between the internal regions and between the region and outsider.
The quality of infrastructure, urban techniques and services, public spaces and community culture for tourism and local people will be enhanced.
Four urban areas-tourism centers include Dong Van Town – historical cultural tourism center, Meo Vac Town – science, adventure and border trade tourism center, Yen Minh urban area- biological and green urban tourism center and Tam Son Town- entertainment and tourism center.