Lang Co-Hue Bay
Vietnam
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General information about Lang Co-Hue Bay

Lang Co Bay (‘Village of the Storks’) is located in central Vietnam and at the bottom of Vai Van Pass (Pass of the Cloud – 496 m in altitude) which defines two different climatic zones.

It is served by Highway No 1, the central road going to Hue, an ancient imperial town classified as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.

Lang Co is part of a larger natural set which includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a beach 32 km in length.

This natural diversity gives way to an important biodiversity notably regarding protected marine species such as corals, molluscs, fishes, shellfishes and turtles. Its ecosystems of high biological value are also economically important, as other than the fishing industry, they are used in the production of everyday utensils (e.g., bags and baskets), fertilizer or even in medical goods (active substances extracted from coral).

Due to its location and its natural and cultural wealth, the bay is part of the national tourism development plan and the   government has the wiliness to protect and enhance its natural and cultural wealth.

Lang Co («le village des cigognes») est une baie située au centre du Viêt Nam, au pied du Col de Vai Van («le col du nuage», avec 496 m d’altitude), qui sépare deux zones climatiques différentes.
La baie est desservie par l’Autoroute nº 1, la route centrale qui mène à Hue, à 80 km, ancienne ville impériale classifié Site de Patrimoine Mondial d’UNESCO en 1993.
Lang Co fait partie d’une configuration naturelle plus large, avec des montagnes, une rivière, une lagune, une île et une plage longue de 32 km.
Cette diversité naturelle convient à une importante biodiversité avec bien d’espèces maritimes protégées: des corails, des mollusques, des poissons, des crustacés, des tortues…
Ces écosystèmes à haute valeur biologique sont aussi économiquement importants. Ils sont utilisés non seulement pour l’industrie des pêches mais aussi pour la production d’outils quotidiens comme des sacs ou des paniers, du fertilisant ou même de produits médicaux (avec des principes actifs extraits du corail).
Sa localisation, sa richesse naturelle et culturelle, expliquent pourquoi cette baie fait partie du plan de développement national du tourisme, soutenu par le gouvernement du Viêt Nam avec l’envie de protéger et de amplifier ces richesses.

Local Partners:
Natural Environment
Coastline
Dunes with lagoons
Climate
Tropical with winter and summer monsoons
Temperatures
Annual average : 24°C
Thermal amplitude : 20 to 28°C
Amplitude annuelle:
Precipitations
Annual : 2900 mm
Distribution : 3 months from September to November
Biogeographic Classification
Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and shortlands
Human Environment
Language
Vietnamese
Local Economy
Tourism, fishery, agriculture
Demography
Channay - Lang Co economical zone.
Population (inhab.) : 40 000
Human Development Index
0,725 (Vietnam)
Ecological Footprint
0,76 ha (Vietnam)
Heritage and Credentials
Natural Heritage
One of Vietnam’s 15 marine sanctuaries with 5 key ecosystems of major biological value shown by its numerous species: corals (144), marine herbariums (31/animals and 151/fishes); mangrove (14/flora); proximity of Bach Ma National Park (37,000 ha) also with numerous species: flora (1406); animals (132); birds (358); reptiles; pheasants (7/12); (biosphere reserve project).
Cultural Heritage
Tuy Van Mountain poetical landscapes (pagodas, temples); 'Road of heritage Centre' which includes the cave Phong Nha (Quang Binh), the imperial capital of Hue (Unesco – 1993 : political, cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945), the ancient city of Hoi An (Unesco – 1999 : South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century), the towers of My Son (Unesco – 1999 : the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom IVe au XIIIe siècle)
Coastal Management
General management plan and sustainable development plan of the tourism zone (associating tourism services with agriculture and local fishing).
Criteria retained by the club
BC 3: Tuy Van; Hue; My Son. BN 2: Marine (Lang Co) and terrestrial (Bach Ma) ecosystems.
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