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UNESCO experts suggest greater public involvement in protecting Lang Son Geopark

UNESCO experts suggest greater public involvement in protecting Lang Son Geopark

UNESCO Global Geoparks Network experts suggested that the northern province of Lang Son pay special attention to educating the local community about the value of Lang Son Geopark and increasing the local community’s responsibility for protecting the geopark.

UNESCO Global Geoparks Network experts visit Keng Tao Cave in Chien Thang Commune, Bac Son District, Lang Son Province. (Photo: VNA)

Lang Son (VNA) – Experts from the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network suggested that the northern province of Lang Son should pay special attention to educating the local community about the value of Lang Son Geopark and increasing the local community’s responsibility for protecting the geopark.

At a meeting with provincial leaders on July 10, two UNESCO experts – Kristin Rangnes and Tuncer Demir – said the province must protect and promote the geopark’s values ​​in line with its socio-economic development strategy.

In particular, they stressed the need for the Province to leverage local unique features to develop a geopark model that is distinct from other geoparks.

Experts say Lang Son Geopark and its counterparts in the northern region of Vietnam should support and complement each other to develop together rather than compete, citing UNESCO requirements that potential geoparks must have outstanding geological features and natural landscapes that set them apart from others.

They also asked local authorities to take action to ensure the complete safety of people and tourists at tourist attractions. An introductory guide to the unique values ​​of each area, relic site and scenic spot in the geopark is also necessary to help visitors understand the relic.

Lang Son provincial leaders meet with experts from UNESCO’s Global Geoparks Network. (Photo: VNA)

Appreciating the experts’ recommendations, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Duong Xuan Huyen said the province will continue to invest and refine the geopark’s infrastructure so that it can meet the criteria for a UNESCO global geopark.

Earlier, UNESCO experts went on a field trip from July 6-9 to assess the documentation on site for UNESCO to recognize Lang Son Geopark as a global park. They visited 26 of the 38 attractions on four tourist routes of Lang Son Geopark in Bac Son, Binh Gia, Van Quan, Huu Lung, Chi Lang, Cao Loc, Loc Binh and Lang Son districts.

Established in 2021, the 4,842 km² Lang Son Geopark is one of the largest of its kind in Vietnam and boasts many unique features.

Geologically, geomorphologically and in terms of landscape, it is home to a rich variety of paleobiological fossils dating back 500 million years, many of which indicate that this province was once under the sea. In addition, the park is blessed with many famous landscapes, such as the low mountain ranges surrounding the valleys and villages in Yen Thinh commune in Huu Lung district or caves such as Tham Khuyen in Binh Gia district, where prehistoric people lived.

In terms of cultural values, there are a number of temples dedicated to gods worshiping the Mother Goddesses – the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, especially the Bac Le temple, as well as villages of the Tay and Nung ethnic groups with a distinct culture./.