On April 12th 2018, at the 204th Meeting, UNESCO executive board approved the Resolution recognizing Non nuoc Cao Bang as a UNESCO global geopark.
With the designation of UNESCO, Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark becomes the second UNESCO global geopark in Viet Nam, after Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO global geopark of Ha Giang province.
The delegation of Cao Bang at the 204 meeting of UNESCO Executive board meeting.
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes, bio-diversity, archeology, history, etc of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. A UNESCO global geopark must be located in an remarkable area for promotion of sustainable socio-economic development. Before the meeting sesstion of the Executive board, there were 127 UNESCO Global geopark located in 35 different countries.
From 2015, National committee for UNESCO (NATCOM) introduced to Cao Bang the global geopark model for sustainable socio-economic development. Leaders and people of Cao Bang province together with the Secretariat for the NATCOM (MoFA) and the Technical task force of Vietnam Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (Vigmr) committed to develop this model in Cao Bang and by November 2016, the Application dossier of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark was sent to UNESCO. In addition, Cao Bang province cooperated with NATCOM and Vigmr to lobby for the application dossier of Cao Bang before international bodies, including the Evaluation mission of UNESCO experts in July 2017 and the Meeting of UNESCO global geopark council in September 2017.
Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark is located in the north of Vietnam, 300km from Hanoi Capital, and has an area of 3,072km2. It includes 6 districts: Ha Quang, Tra Linh, Quang Uyen, Trung Khanh, Ha Lang, Phuc Hoa and part of other 3 districts: Hoa An, Binh Nguyen and Thach An. This is home of 9 different ethnic groups, including Tay, Nung, Mong, Kinh, Dao, San Chay…It is also home to 250.000 thousand people. Till now there have been more than 130 heritages ranked with different topography types and diversity of karst landscapes which demonstrates the typical cycle of karts evolution process. In addition, various geological heritages such as fossils, deep-seated fault, mineral resources, etc are evidences of a historical development 500 millions years ago in this area.
UNESCO global geopark non nuoc Cao Bang is home to well-know landscape such as Phia Oac, Phia Den ecological tourism area, Thang Hen lake system, Nguom Ngao cave, and particularly Ban Gioc waterfall, one of the fourth largest waterfall located on the border of the two countries. It is also rich in culture and history with more than 215 ranked cultural and historically ranked heritages, 03 of them are ranked as national special heritage; this area was once shelter of pre-historical people, capital of several feudal dynasties, etc
Phong Nam karst field – a typical landscape in UNESCO global geopark non nuoc Cao Bang.
Cao Bang has been carrying out action plans for environmental, natural protection and conservation as well as proper mobilization and promotion of geological, biodiversity, cultural, historical, and traditional values in parallel with socio-economic development for sustainable tourism development.