Ha Long - Cat Ba Alliance
We actively support IUCN activities in Halong – Cat Ba Alliance, working together to protect and conserve Halong Bay as well as Cat Ba Archipelago.
Bhaya Group, as a representative for tourism business in Halong Bay, is proud to join the Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance (HLCBA), a three-year initiative (April 2014 – June 2017) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a core partner.
The Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance aims to build partnerships between the Vietnamese government, businesses and civil society to catalyse actions in order to improve environmental management and protect the natural integrity of the Ha Long Bay (HLB) World Heritage Site (WHS), including the Cat Ba Archipelago.
The initiative is led by IUCN for Business Engagement and Policy Dialogue and by the Center for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD) for Local Stakeholders Engagement.
The Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance's missions and actions
1. Public-private partnerships
IUCN aims to improve water quality in the bay by working with leading cruise boat companies (including Bhaya Group) and the Ha Long Bay Management Department to:
• Assess barriers to installing advanced on-board waste water treatment systems.
• Identify specific policy reforms and investments that the province needs to make to support private sector investment in advanced technology.
• Design an international standard certification label that will encourage innovation and investment in clean technologies.
2. World Heritage Site nomination for Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island
In 1994, Ha Long Bay was officially recognized as a natural World Heritage Site. The Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance Initiative is also attempting to nominate the adjacent Cat Ba Archipelago as a World Heritage Site.
During the first two years, IUCN has made some achievements toward this goal:
- Gained formal approval from the Quang Ninh Provincial People's Committee to develop and implement the Initiative.
- Secured the support of Hai Phong People's Committee for joint action on WHS designation, finalized a situation analysis of water conditions in the bay.
- A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Quang Ninh and Hai Phong provinces and IUCN to define the roles and responsibilities of each involved stakeholder, with respect to the HLCBA.
- Semi-annual Leadership Committee meetings were organized.
- A detailed analysis of how major boat companies perceive the costs and benefits of investing in advanced waste water treatment was developed.
- International standards to establish a certification label for cruise boat companies were defined.
- Steps toward the re-nomination of HLB WHS to include CBA were defined.
- Work continues with the private sector on some joint initiatives.
Bhaya Group’s role in the Ha Long - Cat Ba Alliance
• As a representative of leading cruise Boat Companies in Halong Bay and an official private partner in Ha Long – Cat Ba Alliance, Bhaya Group has contributed numerous strong and practical opinions to the Initiative from the perspective of a private business whose operation is based on the natural beauty of Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island.
• To be a great example for hundreds of cruise companies on Halong Bay in terms of on-board advanced waste water treatment systems.
• Support IUCN during inspection trips around Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island.