For the first time in 12 years, Vietnam once again has two locations simultaneously named in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves list, including Nui Chua, and Kon Ha Nung.
Lately, two Vietnam’s biosphere reserves, Nui Chua (Ninh Thuan province), and Kon Ha Nung (Gia Lai province) have been officially recognised as World Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO, bringing the total number of world biosphere reserves in the country up to 11.
After 6 years, Vietnam has new listed World Biosphere Reserves again (the lastest time is Langbiang, 2015) and after 12 years, Vietnam finally has two locations recognized at the same time, following Cham Island, and Ca Mau Cape in 2009.
This year, Vietnam is the only country to be approved 2 applications right from the first review round, according to Ms. Le Thi Hong Van, the ambassador and head of the Vietnamese Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Nui Chua has an arid ecosystem with a natural area of nearly 30,000 hectares. Nui Chua national park converges forest, sea and semi-desert space, is home to more than 1,500 species of plants, including 10 endemic species and 54 rare species recorded in the Vietnam’s Red Data Book and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The fauna here is also very diverse with 756 species of forest animals, hundreds of species of corals and marine mammals. Nui Chua’s sea is also a rare land where sea turtles lay eggs every year and are strictly protected.
Photo: Nui Chua national park.
Kon Ha Nung Plateau biosphere reserve is more than 65,000 hectares wide, including Kon Ka Kinh national park, Kon Chu Rang nature reserve and a forest area spanning districts and towns. This location has unique features only in the Central Highlands forest, owning a varied tropical closed forest ecosystem, high biodiversity (including rare gray-shanked douc langur), and is home to many indigenous residents with unique national identities.
Photo: Gia Lai newspaper.
The title of World Biosphere Reserve will be a premise for localities to harmoniously connect people and nature, balance biodiversity preservation and socio-economic development and people’s lives, especially post-pandemic.