Geotalk with Pham Van Dong University

Monday - 04/03/2019 05:50
On 1st March, the university of Pham Van Dong hosted a talk with experts from UNESCO Global Geoparks and Vietnam Geoparks Network. The geotalk aimed to provide basic understanding of a UNESCO Global Geopark (UGGp) and introduced heritages bestowed Ly Son – Sa Huynh Geopark to the university teachers and students.

Dr. Guy Martini, Chairperson of UNESCO Global Geoparks Council, reviewed the history of UGGp, the ideas, their values and missions to the development of local communities. He pointed out the difference of UGGp with UNESCO’s previous labels of World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve. In the case of Quang Ngai, he stressed that Ly Son – Sa Huynh had great potential to be global geopark; however, there was a long list of work to do before submitting the dossier to UNESCO by the end of 2019.

National experts of the delegation also shared their interesting findings on volcanos and fossil corals in Ly Son islands, which had become a hot tourist destination in recent time. They also came up with ideas for the conservation, restoration and management to further improve heritage values for tourism development.

Inspired by interesting sharings, the teachers and students questioned the delegation about their practical contributions to this sustainable development model in the province. In the short time, two themes requiring their active involvement included communication of geopark model to wider communities and  awareness raising to environment protection, especially garbage management.

Following the geotalk, more discussions with the province and the university would follow to ensure the partnership established and strengthened for the further cooperation.

Author: Dzung Nguyen

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