The eighth Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium comes up in Vietnam in the year 2024.
According to the Vietnam Plus news, the country has been chosen to host the 8th Asian Symposium during a recently held meeting in Thailand.
The announcement was made as the 7th APGN Symposium drew to a close at the Satun UNESCO Global Geopark in southern Thailand in September 2022.
The next APGN will take place at Non Nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark in the northern province of Cao Bang in 2024.
The 7th APGN Symposium was attended by representatives from the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council, APGN Advisory Committee and APGN members from countries in Asia-Pacific.
There was also a delegation of Cao Bang Province, headed by Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Hoang Xuan Anh.
The Organizing Committee highly appreciated the active participation of the delegates in sharing experiences in the construction and development of geoparks in ten categories.
The areas include management and protection, the promotion of the value of indigenous geological and cultural heritages, and sustainable tourism development.
Particularly, they praised the efforts of Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in its construction and development through many creative and practical solutions, which helps to create many strong values in the network.
Assessing that the Vietnamese geopark is an outstanding model in the region with values of geology, geomorphology, diverse ecological landscape and long-standing culture, along with the capacity to welcome over 1,000 delegates.
The Organizing Committee has decided to choose Non-Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark to be the site host of the next APGN Symposium and handed APGN official flag to the Cao Bang delegation.
APGN is established under Article 18 of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) Statues as a Asia Pacific Region member for Regional Geopark Networks.
Regional Geopark Networks serve for the coordination of GGN activities at a regional or continental level and as fora for the exchange of information and cooperation between Global Geoparks and Global Geopark professionals in the region.
The activities of Regional Geopark Networks include the organisation of Regional Geopark Conferences, workshops and seminars, capacity building activities, common projects, promotional activities and common publications.
Located in the north of Vietnam, 300km from Hanoi, Non Nuoc Cao Bang has been recognised as a UNESCO global geopark, becoming the second of its kind in Vietnam.
Covers 3,000sq.km, Non Nuoc Cao Bang is home to nine ethnic groups including Tay, Nung, Mong, Dao, and San Chay.
The geopark is an exceptional territory which offers insights into the history of the planet across more than 500 million years through protected sites.
Fossils, marine sediment, volcanic and plutonic rocks and minerals are witness to the remarkable evolution and changes of the earth, and they constitute an exceptional geological heritage.
It is also a land of tangible and intangible cultural heritage sites and special historical monuments.
The area is also well-known for its high biological diversity with abundant endemic plant and animal species and ecosystems.
There are three main routes to explore the geopark, including going to the east to experience traditional cultures, north to see history, and west to experience Phia Oac, the mountain of transformations.