Cat Ba island in Hai Phong city, a northern city of Vietnam and the Red river Delta, also in the North, have recently been declared by UNESCO as World Biosphere Reserves. They were among the 19 sites in 13 countries around the world newly listed in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves at the 18th session of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), which was held in Paris from October 25-29.
Cat Ba Island has been recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve, the 4 th of this kind in Vietnam. "It is a dream that comes true," I heard someone say so amid a crowd of happy people. I know they are proud because it is not only an honourable title, but also a door wide open to them to take full advantages of its potential. Cat Ba Island has been recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve, the 4th of this kind in Vietnam. "It is a dream that comes true," I heard someone say so amid a crowd of happy…... [Read more]
Cat Tien recognized as World Biosphere Reserve The Management Board of the Dong Nai Nature Reserve and Cultural Site on Monday announced that the Cat Tien National Garden has been recognized by UNESCO as Vietnam’s seventh World Biosphere Reserve, according to local media. Cat Tien primeval forest is home to 1,700 rare plants and more than 700 animals, many of which are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered animals, including the one-horned rhino, peacocks, ostrich and pheasant. The national park is also the homeland for 11 ethnic minorities. This is a model for multipurpose…... [Read more]
The sea waters and coastline of Kien Giang province in southwestern Vietnam have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a world biosphere reserve. The Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve covers an area of more than 1.1 million hectares, consisting of three core areas - the U Minh Thuong National Park, the Phu Quoc National Park, and a mangrove forest area named Kien Luong-Kien Hai. It boasts many endangered plants and animals including seagrass, coral reefs, dugongs, and sea turtles. The UN agency's website does not, however, say yet what specific aspect of the area's…... [Read more]
VietNamNet Bridge - The UNESCO Representative in Vietnam on April 29 presented the title of World Biosphere Reserve to the Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve in the central province of Nghe An. "We expect through this recognition, the national umbrella with several hundred members living in the Biosphere Reserve will have the opportunity to benefit from the development and use of their traditional knowledge to improve lives and protect the natural ecology, " said Katherine Muller Marin, UNESCO Representative in Vietnam at the ceremony. She said that the Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve should be considered as a "living laboratory"…... [Read more]
Cham Island (Cu lao Cham), located near the coast of Hoi An town in central Vietnam, will soon be nominated as a world biosphere reserve for its rich vegetation, rare wildlife, pristine beaches, and coral reefs. Scientists from UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in Vietnam and the Quang Nam province administration are determined to file for the nomination by April next year. Nguyen Hoang Tri, secretary general of MAB Vietnam, said the 40,000 ha reserve and the World Heritage site of Hoi An would help each other attract even more tourists, enabling the country to preserve its natural…... [Read more]