Hải Phòng city leaders held a meeting with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on September 28 to consider Hải Phòng’s dossier seeking a UNESCO title for its Cát Bà islands.
The meeting was an essential requirement in the approval process of the nomination for Cát Bà to become a World Natural Heritage site.
IUCN expert Peter Hitchcock introduced steps to review nominations and the Hải Phòng working session is the third step in the process of evaluation.
IUCNs experts will visit the site and send an evaluation report to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to consider the next step.
Chairman of the Hải Phòng municipal People’s Committee Dương Anh Điền confirmed that the government of Việt Nam and local administration pay due attention to conserving biological diversity on Cát Bà islands.
He assured his guests that Hải Phòng will do as much as it can to win UNESCO recognition.
At the meeting, representatives of the Institute of Marine Environment and Resources, Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology, and the management board of Cát Bà archipelago presented the outstanding features of the heritage.
After the event, IUCN experts will make a fact-finding tour around Cát Bà archipelago until October 3.
Cát Bà archipelago was recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.
Located some 45 kilometres east of Hải Phòng and 150 kilometres southeast of Hà Nội, Cát Bà covers more than 17,000 hectares of land and 9,200 hectares of sea.
It boasts a typical ecological system in Việt Nam, including tropical rain forests on limestone islands, mangrove forests, coral reefs, sea grass, sand beaches and mysterious caves.
Cát Bà is home to some 2,320 different types of fauna and flora, including 740 land animals, 280 forest species, 540 seabed creatures, 200 fish species, 180 coral reef organisms, 80 sea grass species and 20 different wetland plants.