Côn Đảo National Park

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Con Dao National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Location South Vietnam
Nearest city Côn Đảo
Coordinates 8°41′30″N 106°38′00″E / 8.69167°N 106.63333°E / 8.69167; 106.63333Coordinates: 8°41′30″N 106°38′00″E / 8.69167°N 106.63333°E / 8.69167; 106.63333
Area 150,43 km²
Established 1993
Governing body People's Committee of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province

Côn Đảo National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Côn Đảo) is a natural reserve area on Côn Đảo Island, in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province in coastal southeastern Vietnam.[1] The park includes a part of the island and the surrounding sea. The national park is characterized by a diverse ecosystem. Many species of corals and especially the sea turtles, dolphins, and endangered dugongs are found here.[2] In 2006, a delegation of UNESCO Vietnam representatives surveyed the area and concluded that the park is eligible to be a natural-cultural mixture World Heritage. The Vietnamese government is preparing necessary documents to submit to UNESCO soon. A controversial paved road project had been proposed by the local government but was finally rejected by the national government following protests from environmental activists.

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