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    Ba Be National Park

    Ba Be National Park is an abundant bio-reserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. This year Ba Be National Park celebrates its 5th anniversary as an ASEAN Heritage Park.
    The bio-diverse 10,048ha park – home to 1,268 species of flora and fauna, a series of caves and a gigantic fresh water lake – was established in 1992 by the Vietnamese Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northeast.
    Along with the 15,000ha forest in neighboring Na Hang District of Tuyen Quang Province – home of three newly discovered groups of Francois’ Langurs, an endangered species with a mere 180-200 animals left in Viet Nam – Ba Be plans to apply for UNESCO heritage status.
    "The national park, with assistance from the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO applied to make the park a UNESCO Natural site.
    As one of the 27 ASEAN heritage gardens, Ba Be has the potential to attract nature lovers with its 450ha natural fresh water lake, and 553 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
    discovering wild Francois’ Langurs is a sign that the park’s reforestation and preservation policies are proving effective.
    It’s a sign that the forest has been restored. The appearance of a number of Francois’ Langurs in the park will make it an attractive site, not only to tourists, but also biological specialists,
    A few white-eared night herons (Gorsachius Magnificus) which mostly live in China, were found in the Lung Ly forest on a limestone peak.
    The appearance of the special bird is a reason that the park’s administration proposes to list Ba Be as a Ramsar Convention site.
    An official from the National Commission for UNESCO Viet Nam said, Ba Be park and Na Hang forest would need further scientific study on indigenous fauna and flora to see if they meet the criteria of an UNESCO bio-diverse heritage site.
    The heart of the park is the 450ha Ba Be Lake, which perhaps resulted from an earthquake, it is the only freshwater lake on karst in the world. Although naturally formed on limestone terrain, the lake is never dry.

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