Finalizing the plan to submit to UNESCO for the recognition of limestone mountains and valley in Bac Son as a global geopark
– In the afternoon of May 5, Mr. Ho Tien Thieu, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee chaired the meeting to finalize implementation plan and the timelines of building dossiers to request UNESCO for the recognition of the limestone mountains and Bac Son valley as a global geopark.
The meeting was attended by representatives and leaders from departments, branches, District People’s Committees of Bac Son, Binh Gia, Van Quan, Chi Lang, and Huu Lung, and leaders of the Center for Karst and Geological Heritage, Institute of Geosciences and Minerals, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
In order to implement the task, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Culture, Sports and Tourism) is assigned by the Provincial People’s Committee to play the main role in planning and completing documents to request UNESCO to recognize limestone mountains and valleys in Bac Son as a global geopark.
Accordingly, the Department has coordinated with the Center of Karst and Geological Heritage, Institute of Geosciences and Minerals to organize a preliminary survey and assessment on the potential of the province to develop and complete a dossier and submit it to UNESCO for the geopark recognition in districts and cities from March 30 to April 2, 2021. Thereby, the overall assessment on the potential of geological heritages in the above districts is quite diverse and especially the cave system.
Mr. Ho Tien Thieu, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee delivered a concluding speech at the meeting.
According to the Center of Karst and Geological Heritage, in terms of the expected scale and scope of Lang Son Geopark, there will be 3 options:
Option 1: Huu Lung, Bac Son, Binh Gia, Van Quan and Chi Lang districts, with an area of over 3,840 km2. Option 2: Among 5 districts selected under option 1, t Lang Son city and two districts of Cao Loc and Loc Binh will be selected.
Option 3: 6 districts of Huu Lung, Bac Son, Van Quan, Chi Lang, Cao Loc, Loc Binh and Lang Son City.
According to the Institute of Geosciences and Minerals, the results will be released as soon as in 2024. It is expected that the plan to organize the construction and development of the Global Geopark in Lang Son province from 2021 to 2023 with a total expenditure of about 25 billion VND.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee affirmed his determination to build documents and processes for global geopark recognition.
Regarding the scale and scope of the geopark chosen in option 1 (Lang Son Geopark includes districts: Huu Lung, Bac Son, Binh Gia, Van Quan, Chi Lang).
He requested the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to act as the coordinator to coordinate with the departments, branches and the People’s Committees of the districts concerned to implement the next steps.
He also expressed his expectation that the Institute of Geosciences and Minerals would continue to help the province perform the tasks and tasks of building records as well as related issues in the coming time.