Deputy PM urges to complete "Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Islands" application for UNESCO recognition

According to information from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha has requested the People's Committees of Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province to urgently study the recommendations of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to review and update a nomination dossier for seeking UNESCO’s recognition of “Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago” as a world heritage site.

Cat Ba Islands.
Cat Ba Islands

According to a document No. 4877/VPCP-KGVX, dated July 3 by the Government Office on the opinion of Deputy PM Tran Hong Ha, regarding the recommendations of IUCN concerning the nomination dossier, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is required to closely collaborate with the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO, to instruct the authorities to finalise the explanatory reports, and complete the nomination dossier in line with regulations, and promptly submit to IUNC for the World Heritage Committee’s assessment.

The ministry will be also responsible for coordinating with ministries and relevant agencies to guide the localities on proposing, making and evaluating projects within the heritage areas in the coming time, to ensure that there is no risk of affecting the outstanding global value of the UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites following Vietnamese laws and guidelines, on the implementation of the 1972 Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the National Heritage Law.

Deputy PM urges to complete

Boat visiting Cat Ba Islands.

Cat Ba archipelago in Hai Phong City is the largest limestone archipelago in Vietnam. It includes over 360 islands, including Cat Ba Island in the south of Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site twice for its aesthetic values, geology and caves.

Seeking world heritage status aims to maintain and conserve the endemic value of biodiversity of the Cat Ba archipelago, to boost the socio-economic and cultural development of the locality and promote the image of the country.

The nomination of Cat Ba Islands as a World Heritage Site aims to preserve, conserve and maintain the endemic value of biodiversity for future generations, and at the same time help us realise that Cat Ba Islands are priceless gifts of nature for people, is the pride of every Vietnamese people.

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