THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 142/2002/QD-TTg
Hanoi, October 21, 2002
 
DECISION
APPROVING THE PLANNING ON CONSERVATION AND PROMOTION OF THE VALUES OF HA LONG BAY HERITAGE TILL 2020
THE PRIME MINISTER
Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;
Pursuant to the June 29, 2001 Cultural Heritage Law;
At the proposal of the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province (in Official Dispatch No. 1438/UB of November 7, 2000 and Official Dispatch No. 125/TT-UB of January 16, 2001) and the opinions of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (in Official Dispatch No. 1620 BKH/VPTD of March 18, 2002),
DECIDES:
Article 1.- To approve the Planning on conservation and promotion of the values of Ha Long Bay heritage till 2020, which shall serve as the basis for the development of detailed plannings and component projects, with the following principal contents:
1. Objectives:

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a/ To determine legal grounds for the management, conservation and promotion of the values of Ha Long Bay heritage under Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage Law and the International Convention on the Protection of Heritages, at the same combine together other specialized plannings in the development of the Ha Long Bay region, along the direction of sustainable development under a uniform planning.
b/ To formulate investment programs and specific projects to protect, restore and efficiently exploit Ha Long Bay, focusing on islet groups; to draw up investment plans according to different phases and in a priority order suitable with the capital demand satisfaction and mobilization capability, ensuring the set objectives and schedule.
2. Scope of research:
a/ The scope of direct research covers 1,553 km2 , including:
- The World Heritage area, covering 434 km2 situated in the center of Ha Long Bay, consisting of 775 islets of scenic and scientific values.
- The buffer zone: coinciding with the buffer zone already demarcated by UNESCO, consisting of some areas directly affecting the World Heritage area.
- The area stretching from the buffer zone to the national conservation boundary.
b/ The scope of indirect research covers Cat Ba island and the area north of national highway 18A.
 

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