The Adventures of Tuan: A Comic Book on Responsible Tourism in ASEAN Heritage Parks

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Being a nature-lover and a travel enthusiast, Tuan’s ultimate dream is to visit all ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs). AHPs are protected areas of high conservation importance, preserving in total a complete spectrum of representative ecosystems of the ASEAN region. The ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Programme is one of the flagship biodiversity conservation programmes of ASEAN. The establishment of AHPs stresses that the ASEAN Member States (AMS) share a common natural heritage and should collaborate in their efforts to protect the rich biodiversity that supports the lives of millions of people in the region. The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) serves as the Secretariat of the AHP Programme. This comic book will take us to Tuan’s adventures in each AHP that he visited and will teach us important lessons on how to become responsible tourists in protected areas. The AHPs featured in this publication are Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park of Brunei Darussalam; Virachey National Park of Cambodia; Kepulauan Seribu Marine National Park of Indonesia; Nam Ha National Protected Area of Lao PDR; Gunung Mulu National Park of Malaysia; Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary of Myanmar; Mount Makiling Forest Reserve of the Philippines; Bukit Timah Nature Reserve of Singapore; Ao Phang Nga-Mu Ko Surin-Mu Ko Similan National Park of Thailand; and Hoang Lien National Park of Viet Nam. The next adventures of Tuan will take us to other AHPs and will give us a glimpse of the beauty and bounty of biological resources in the ASEAN region.

Viet Nam