More Vietnamese biosphere reserves recognized by UNESCO

Recently, Nui Chua National Park (Ninh Thuan Province) and Kon Ha Nung Plateau (Gia Lai Province) have gained UNESCO recognition for global biosphere reserves.

A total of 22 world’s biosphere reserves were voted at the 33rd meeting of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme. The event was held in Nigeria from September 13-17.

Around 20 km from Phan Rang City, Nui Chua National Park boasts diversified terrains and relatively intact biodiversity. The large primeval forests include magnificent caves and over 1000 species of flora and fauna.

A goat at a dry-forest near Nui Chua national park, Ninh Thuan

Kon Ha Nung Plateau expands on a 413,512-hectare area of Gia Lai Province. The site is divided into 3 areas in which the core includes Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve. The plateau owns tropical closed forests with high biodiversity which is the habitat of many rare animal species.

A waterfall in Kon Ta Nung plateau - Photo: baoquocte.vn

Two recognized sites raise the total of global biosphere reserves in Vietnam to 11, the second-largest in Southeast Asia just after Indonesia and among the biggest number in the world

The yearly recognition of global biosphere reserves plays a vital role in protecting biodiversity, encouraging conservation, and sustainable development.

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