Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago recognized as a world natural heritage

Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago recognized as a world natural heritage
Elly Huynh
Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago recognized as a world natural heritage

Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba Archipelago, located in the northern province of Quang Ninh and neighboring Hai Phong City, has achieved the prestigious recognition of becoming a world natural heritage site. This announcement was made during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Notably, this recognition marks the first inter-provincial UNESCO-listed world heritage site in Vietnam. The Ha Long Bay-Cat Ba archipelago complex is celebrated for its diverse island and ocean ecosystems, providing a habitat for numerous rare species of plants and animals. It boasts the country's largest maritime forest, covering an area exceeding 17,000 hectares. Within this ecosystem, there are 4,910 species of land and sea plants and animals, with 198 of them listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, including 51 endemic species.

The beautiful Lan Ha Bay
The beautiful Lan Ha Bay

Among the distinctive features is the primeval forest covering approximately 1,045.2 hectares on Cat Ba Island, significantly contributing to the ecological value and biodiversity of this heritage site. The Cat Ba Langur, an endangered species with a high risk of extinction, is a remarkable inhabitant of this area, with only 60-70 individuals known to exist, all within Cat Ba.

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Mrs. Le Thi Hong Van, who leads the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to UNESCO, affirmed that this recognition underscores international recognition of the site's beauty and Vietnam's commitment to its preservation. Moreover, it contributes to UNESCO's mission of conserving and promoting the value of heritage worldwide.

Wonderful Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Wonderful Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

With this addition, Vietnam now boasts nine world heritage sites acknowledged by UNESCO. These sites have played a vital role in local socio-economic development, environmental protection, sustainable growth, and cultural promotion, offering the world a glimpse into Vietnam's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Other UNESCO-recognized sites in Vietnam include Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, the Hue Imperial Citadel City, Hoi An Ancient Town, the My Son Sanctuary, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, and the Trang An Landscape Complex.

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