Businesses urged to protect Ha Long Bay

Businesses were urged to increase their involvement in addressing the environmental challenges caused by the operation of cruise ships in Ha Long Bay, during the fifth leadership committee meeting of the Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance in northern Quang Ninh province on March 13.

Cruise ships in Ha Long Bay (Photo:
Cruise ships in Ha Long Bay (Photo:

The meeting, which was organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), included discussions on extending Ha Long Bay to include Cat Ba Archipelago in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

The businesses discussed measures to promote private investment in improving wastewater treatment for more than 500 cruise vessels operating in Ha Long Bay and the Cat Ba archipelago.

A report on the alliance’s initiatives to develop a wastewater treatment system was presented at the meeting, based on the results of interviews and research conducted with large cruise companies in Ha Long on the need for a wastewater system in Tuan Chau Port and the feasibility of applying the environmentally-friendly Green Lotus label on cruise boats.

The meeting also heard several solutions to solve wastewater management issues in the bay, including the diversification of financial support and the promotion of policy making dialogues.