Con Dao national park’s old trees seek national heritage recognition
Update: Jan 12, 2018
The management board of the Con Dao National Park in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has sent a dossier to the Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), asking for the recognition of its three ancient trees as Viet Nam heritage trees.   

“Coc do” (Lumnitzra littorea) tree

The trees include two “Nhoi” (Bischofia javanica) trees and one “Coc do” (Lumnitzra littorea) tree. The board said that those trees meet all criteria to become national heritage trees, which include over 200 years old, endemic, valuable and rare, of cultural and historical value, part of a beautiful natural landscape and at least 25 metres in height and 15 metres in diameter.

The recognition will promote tourism images as well as economic development in the island.

The board affirmed that a programme to conserve Viet Nam heritage trees initiated by the VACNE in 2010 has made significant contributions to safeguarding bio-diversity and natural landscapes, bolstering economy and improving livelihoods for local people.

According to VACNE experts, Con Dao has a diverse and plentiful flora with more than 880 kinds of vascular plants.

Earlier, 79 ancient trees planted along Ton Duc Thang, Le Duan, Le Van Viet and Nguyen Hue streets, Island Lord Palace, Phu Hai prison, Phu Son prison and Lady Phi Yen Temple were recognised as heritage trees in 2012.