UNESCO Natcom Vietnam working with Geopark team

Wednesday - 19/06/2019 23:57
During a visit to Quang Ngai for the international workshop of Ly Son – Sa Huynh Geopark, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO, Mr Le Hoai Trung worked with Quang Ngai leaders and geopark team on 17 June to review and strengthen the progress.

The Geopark team updated the progress so far and briefed the meeting participants planned activities in the next six months for the submission of dossier to UNESCO by November 2019. The report also recommended UNESCO to create a platform for information and experience sharing among national geoparks as well as for research and studies with other international geoparks.

Trung highlighted the role of a UNESCO global geopark in local socio-economic development, in the case of Ha Giang and Cao Bang provinces. He also stressed the necessity of observing UNESCO regulations as they are good for local sustainable development, even if the province doesn’t want to pursue a UNESCO designation.

Appreciating the progress made so far, he also raised concerns on the way to the membership of UNESCO Global Geoparks network of Quang Ngai province. Among these are awareness raising to local community, a permanent and qualified management team, environmental protection and so forth.

Mr. Le Viet Chu, Secretary of Provincial Party Cell indicated his full support to the model and acknowledged the techical support from national agencies toward Quang Ngai during her application process. Chu also noted that the quality of the geopark avails other factors.

The Ly Son – Sa Huynh Geopark is hosting a workshop on heritage values on 18-19 June. This is in a bid to further identify and promote heritage values of the geopark before submitting the candidature to UNESCO in November 2019.

Author: Dzung Nguyen

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