People’s committee of Cao Bang province organized a summary meeting to review the progress on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark

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On February 18th 2020, People of People’s committee of Cao Bang province organized a summary meeting to review the progress on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark 2019 and propose the Action plan 2020. Representative leaders of deparments and districts in geopark territory participated at the meeting. Mr. Hoang Xuan Anh, Chairman of People’s committee of Cao Bang province chaired the meeting.
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Overview of the meeting

In 2019, People of People’s committee of Cao Bang province actively cooperated with central agencies, especially Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ministry of Environment and Natural resources, NATCOM in implementing Recommendations of UNESCO on the protection of heritages, community education, and participation in Network activities of GGN. Till now, tasks in 06 Recommendations of UNESCO have basically met.

            Mr. Truong The Vinh, Vice Director of Department of Cultures, Sports and Tourism, Director of Management board of Non nuoc Cao Bang reported on the progress of the geopark development in 2019.

For community raising awareness: in 2019 People of People’s committee directed the Department of Cultures, Sports and Tourism to cooperate with related agencies to carry out 06 training courses for communities, entities providing tourists’ services, and grassroots public officials in geopark territory. Directed Department of Education and training to continue the communication of geopark in school and plan to integrate the geopark education in the teaching of subjects like literatures, history, and geography with 2 periods/year.

For international cooperation and participation at GGN: organized successfully the International conference on “sustainable tourism development through geopark model”; cooperated with NAT host volunteers from NATCOM of Germany. Organized the delegation of Cao Bang province led by Mr. Hoang Xuan Anh to attend the 6th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) symposium 2019 in Indonesia. Presented on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark at the Symposium and prepared a stand at the GeoFairs.

For the communication, promotion of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark: directed the Department of Cultures, Sports and Tourism to issue promotion material such as the News briefing, Guiding books and leaflets of the three routes. The management board of Non nuoc Cao Bang geoaprk operated a website with more than 25.000 visit/month, and organized the “Best shots of Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp and landscapes in 2019” and the “tourism product idea” competitions; directed Department of Information and Communicaitons, Broadcasting station of Cao Bang province, News of Cao Bang province to implement communication tasks on geopark. 

For the development and management of 03 experience routes: directed the Management board of Non nuoc Cao Bang geoaprk to carry out the project on “replacement of information, entrance, and direction panels in the three experience routes”; cooperate with international consultant, Vietnam Institue of Geo-science and Mineral resources to develop the geopark territory extension project; directed Department of Environment and Natural resources to carry out the project on definition border of heritages in Geopark territory; directed People’s committee of districts to carry out tasks on protection of heritages, environment, landscapes and infrastructures in the geopark area.

          For the implementation of the Instruction/CT-UBND dated October 20th 2017: directed people’s committee of districts to invest into infrastructure of the three routes of the geoparks: People’s committee of Ha Lang district consolidated the Brachipod fossil site in Minh Long commune; People’s committee of Thach An develop promotional and information panels for heritage site in Khau Luong; People’s committee of Hoa An carried out activities on environmental and heritage protection; People’s committee of Ha Quang district mobilized youth union and students in the protection environment and heritage sites; People’s committee of Trung Khanh carried out activities on environment and landscape protection, equiped heritage sites with trashcan; People’s committee of Tra Linh cleaned the site and clear rubbish to ensure the environment and sanitation to make these visitors-friendly sites.

          In 2020, People’s committee of Cao Bang province continued to direct departments and provincial agencies, People’s committee of districts to carry out the following tasks:

Foster the effective implemetnation of tasks on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark according to the 06 Recommendations of UNESCO; cooperated with the Institue of Geo-science and Mineral resources to prepare for the revalidation mission of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark which is scheduled in 2021).

Continue to implement the activities on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark in 2020 (according to the Proposal on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang geopark from 2016-2020; the Plan 1090/KH-UBND dated April 12th 2019 of People’s committee of Cao Bang province on the development of Non nuoc Cao Bang from 2019-2022;

Promote the geopark education activities in communities and schools. Cooperate with London South Bank University to carry out the project for sustainable tourism development in Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp;

Cooperate with international consultant and Institue of Geo-science and Minieral resources to carry out the tasks on Non nuoc Cao Bang development 2020; prepare the revalidation report to UNESCO.

Foster the management of geological, cultural heritages and natural landscapes; investment into the infrastructure in heritages sites in the three experience routes; make best use of advantages on natural landscapes, geological and cultural heritages for tourism development; direct to establish the heritage site self-management groups in the Geopark territory. 

Cooperate with the International consultant to finalize the set of criteria for partners of  the geopark (restaurants and homestays) and promote these criteria on mass medias;

Continue to implement the project on extending the geopark territory to include Cao Bang city in the geoaprk, this is one of necessity to launch the visitor-fee collection in the coming years.

Cooeprate with other geoparks in Viet Nam geopark network to resesarch the method to improve the effectiveness of communication and mutual promotion images of the Geoaprk; implement activities to attract domestic and international visitors to the geopark; and participate in international cooperation activities, international conference to learn and share experience in developing UNESCO global geopark.
Mr.Hoang Xuan Anh, Chairman of People’s committee of Cao Bang province delivered the concluding remarks.
Mr.Hoang Xuan Anh, Chairman of People’s committee of Cao Bang province delivered the concluding remarks.

In his concluding remarks at the meeting, Mr.Hoang Xuan Anh, Chairman of People’s committee of Cao Bang province applaused achiements made in 2019, and requested departments and districts to continue their efforts in implementing the appointed tasks on geopark development in 2020. He urged these agencies to continue to focus on the 06 recommendations of UNESCO to Non nuoc Cao Bang, with priority to be given to geopark education for communities and schools to prepare for the Revalidation mission of UNESCO to Non nuoc Cao Bang Geopark. It is necessary to develop a list of investment project using the public budget so that the province can estimate and allocate the budget for the implementation of geopark development activities in the next period.

Source: P.V

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