Dak Nong Geopark won UNESCO recognition as Global Geopark

The 209th UNESCO Executive Board Session held in Paris in July 2020 approved Dak Nong Geopark as a global geopark. Dak Nong Geopark belongs to Dak Nong Province, Central Highlands of Vietnam. This event marks the third UNESCO geopark in Vietnam since 2010 alongside Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark and Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark.

One of the volcano in Daknong Geo-park. Photo: daknonggeopark

Set up in 2015, Dak Nong Geopark covers a vast area of over 4700sq.km and encompasses an impressive Krong No volcanic system with more than 50 caves. Besides, the park also includes a lot of prominent features such as Ta Dung Nature Reserve, Dray Sap Waterfall, and a variety of rare plants and animals shortlisted in Vietnam's Red Book.

More interestingly, Dak Nong Geopark is also a habitat for hundreds of ethnic people, dating back 6000 - 7000 years ago. Coming there, tourists have a chance to meet several tribes of Ê Đê and M'Nông inhabitants.

In the long run, Vietnam hopes to have four more geoparks in Gia Lai, Bac Kan, Quang Ngai, and Phu Yen Provinces.

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