Environmentalists say Da Nang’s Son Tra must remain pristine

Without the original Son Tra, Da Nang will be just like other sea cities in Vietnam, according to environmentalists who are opposed to tourism development at the site. Biodiversity Conservancy International’s Chair Dang Trung Phuoc has sent letters to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and ministries, asking not to develop tourism, because this will destroy the characteristics of Son Tra. “The construction in Son Tra for tourist development will narrow the area of primary forests, causing unpredictable damages to the tourist character,” the letter reads. Phuoc, like many other environmentalists, showed deep concern about the potential extinction of red-shanked douc, an endemic primate species.

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