Concrete maker proposes industrial complex adjoining world-recognized national park

A concrete maker in the Mekong Delta has proposed the building of an industrial complex next to a world-recognized national park, despite warnings of severely negative environmental impacts.

The proposal submitted by the Ha Thanh Concrete Company in Dong Thap Province would have the industrial complex span 60 ha in Tam Nong District, where the company has already built a VND1 trillion ($43.1 million) glazed tile factory on 25 ha a year ago. The complex, which would be situated right next to the factory, would expand towards the Tram Chim National Park, a designated wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Due to the possible involvement of the national park, the park’s director has requested for experts from the Mekong Conservation Fund (MCF) and the Center for Environmental Science and Ecology (CESE) to evaluate the impacts of the proposed industrial complex. 

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Ngoc Tai