Ta Dung Nature Reserve becomes National Park hinh anh 1Ta Dung National Park in the Central Highlands of Dak Nong is billed as a miniature Ha Long Bay. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the upgrade of Ta Dung Nature Reserve in the Central Highlands of Dak Nong into a National Park.

The move aims to protect forest resources, bio-systems and genetic resources of endangered and rare species, and to support scientific studies and environmental education.

Spanning nearly 20,940 hectares in Dak Som commune Dak Glong district, the park has three zones: strict protection zone, ecological restoration zone and administrative-service zone.

The park is expected to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase forest coverage, ensure environmental security, mitigate land erosion and floods, stabilise production and improve local livelihoods.

The PM asked the provincial People’s Committee to manage the park and direct investment projects to develop the site.

Ta Dung is famous for photogenic forests with some 2,000 kinds of fauna and flora. There are 62 animals listed in Vietnam’s Red Book and 248 others in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

It also features the 2,000 metre Ta Dung mountain, the highest peak in Dak Nong province. -VNA