Virtual meeting on exchanging the cooperation agreement establishment between Non nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark (Vietnam) and Leye - Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark (China)

Friday - 05/08/2022 06:19
On April 29th, the virtual meeting to discuss the cooperation agreement establishment between Non nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark (Vietnam) and Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark (China) took place at the Meeting Hall of Cao Bang Department of Foreign Affairs.Mr. Doan Trong Hung, Cao Bang Department of Foreigne Affairs and Mr. Dao Quoc Minh, Chief Secretary of the Baise city People's Government, the Chairman of the People's Government Office, Chairman of Bai se city Department of Foreign Affairs chaired the meeting.

The purpose of establishing the sistership cooperation between the two geoparks is to exchange management experience and expertise, to train staff, to improve the effectiveness of propaganda and promotion, and to build and Geopark development, exchange of initiatives, the most effective models are activities related to creating livelihoods for communities, geopark education and sustainable tourism development. The establishment of a cooperative relationship between the two geoparks will contribute to promoting the friendly cooperation relationship between the two localities.

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Overview of the meeting
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The Management Board of Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp shared some noticeable activities implemented in the geopark

There were the representative leader of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, leaders and member staffs of the Management Board of Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp and Leye-Fangshan UGGp attending the meeting.
At the meeting, the representatives of the two geoparks introduced an overview of the geoparks and their outstanding heritage values, shared experience in implementing tasks on the development of the geoparks in accordance with the criteria of a UNESCO global geopark and their noticeable results, especially, geopark education and sustainable development activities. In addition, the two sides also actively discussed the expected areas for cooperation.
After discussion, the two geoparks came to an agreement on following cooperative areas: (1) enhancing the exchange of experience in the protection and conservation of geological heritage, biodiversity and cultural heritage, especially, enhancing the exchange and cooperation on research on heritage protection and conservation, conservation methods, and the implementation of conservation projects; (2) Enhancing the bilateral cooperation in: geological and scientific knowledge education and popularization, geoscience research and application of achievements, dissemination of geological knowledge, exhibitions on geoparks...joint efforts for the mutual benefits and development of the two geoparks; (3) Enhancing the exchange of member staffs between the two geoparks, organizing reciprocal visits between local government leaders, tourism sector, managers, member staffs, tour guides and science lecturers of two sides to learn and exchange experience and good practices from each other, fostering comment investment, applying for funding for national and international projects and enhancing capacity building in geopark management. The two geopark will provide the necessary support for the visits and exchanges; (4) Enhancing the geotourism promotion: Promoting geotourism products, developing, promoting high-quality sustainable tourist attractions for effective international promotion, improving local economic development, and strengthening the UNESCO global geopark label; (5) Communication and promotion: the two sides will enhance the mutual communication and promotion in their websites, introducing the sistership geopark.
After this meeting, the two sides will revise and finalize the cooperation agreement document and prepare the required procedures and conditions for the signing ceremony at the earliest convenience, setting the foundation for future cooperation between the two geoparks.

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