Cuc Phuong National ParkTuesday, July 30, 2013
Cuc Phuong National Park was first established in Vietnam. Based on the unique value of geological history, landscape and scientific significance of the flora and fauna in Cuc Phuong, the Prime Minister has signed the Decision No 72/TTg on 07/07/1962 on building protection and Cuc Phuong forest management became the basis of scientific research on plants and tropical silviculture. On 8/1/1966 acording to Decision No 18/QDLN of Vietnam Administration of Forestry was officially established and construction management of Cuc Phuong National Park.
The main tasks of the National Park are to manage and protect 25,000 hectares of forest, to conduct research, to serve tourist. In 1988, the Council of Ministers (now Prime Minister) has approved the Technical and Economic Feasibility for development of Cuc Phuong National Park with an area of 22,200 ha is adjusted. This is the first Technical and Economic Feasibility that demonstrated for a National Park in Vietnam, as a basis to guide afterward the construction and development of the park.
Nearly 50 years, Cuc Phuong National Park is always completed the assignment task, including forest protection management task, forest protection team building, clean and strong, building infrastructure for the protection, scientific research and living service the Park’s staff. Cuc Phuong National Park has become attractive tourist destination for many objects; the number of visitors is growing more and more. With the achievements of the park’s construction and protection. In 2000, Cuc Phuong National Park has been the President awarded the Labor Hero Unit in the renovation period.
The objective of the national park is: (1) To protect existing forest resources; Limestone ecological conservation and wild plant and animal genetic resources, landscape protection and forest rehabilitation. (2) Investigation, scientific research, conservation and education to raise environmental awareness. (3) Ecotourism development, contributing to the socio-economic development, to improve livelihoods of local people and to protect national security.
Cuc Phuong National Park has a total 22,200 ha that divided into the following zones as: Strict Protected Zone comprises 16 800 ha mainly located in the southwest, Strict protection zone is applied to limestone maintain ecosystem and biodiversity of fauna and flora. Ecological Ecology restoration zone comprises 3,600 hectares is ecological restoration forest abandon after cultivation and rapid forest ecosystem recovery in the area that has been affected.
Service Administration Zone comprises 1,800 hectares mainly located in the East (Headquarters) and Bong-Cuc Phuong center in the west. This area consists the park Headquarters, Ranger office, Rescue Plant and Annimal Conservation Center and Eco-tourism and Environmental Education Center. The Park’s buffer zone comprises 30,625 ha that belong to 14 communes which 9 communes of two district (Lac Son and Yen Thuy, Hoa Binh province), 2 communes that belong to Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh, 3 communes that belong to Thach Thanh district, Thanh Hoa.