Nui Chua World Biosphere Reserve in Ninh Thuan Province overlooks Vinh Hy Bay. Photo courtesy of the Biosphere Reserve
UNESCO has designated Nui Chua National Park in Ninh Thuan Province and Kon Ha Nung Plateau in Gia Lai as World Biosphere Reserves.
These two sites were among the 20 new sites approved during the current session of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program in Nigeria.
New biosphere reserves are designated each year to promote sustainable development, protect terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems and encourage conservation.
The two new sites bring the number of World Biosphere Reserves in Vietnam to 11, one of the highest in the world. In Southeast Asia, it is just behind Indonesia (19).
The other sites approved this year are in Canada, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
Located at a height of 1,000 meters above sea level, Nui Chua National Park is considered a green lung of central Ninh Thuan province. It has nearly 20,000 hectares of virgin forests and is home to 300 animal and 600 plant species.
Kon Ha Nung Plateau, about 400 km north of Ninh Thuan, includes the two core areas of Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve which cover 65,000 hectares. It is home to hundreds of animal and plant species, including rare species like the gray-tailed douc langur.
Today there are 727 UNESCO biosphere reserves in 131 countries and territories.