Islands unto themselves

As published in Thanh Nien on 20/8/2010

The 16-island archipelago of Con Dao, located about 180km south of the southern beach town of Vung Tau, contains perhaps Vietnam’s most beautiful coral reefs and pristine beaches, not to mention rare marine species like the green turtle. To steer free of the usual tourism pitfalls, a US$1.8 million three-year project funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) began implementation in 2006. The project aimed at conserving the islands' biodiversity and promoting sustainable use of its marine resources.

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