Gia Lai (VNA) – Kon Ha Nung Plateau in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, which was recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO at the 33rd session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB-ICC) in Nigeria in September, more is expected Create opportunities to attract both domestic and international organizations to invest in conservation and development projects in the region.
The recognition confirms the efforts of Vietnam and Gia Lai Province in particular in protecting biodiversity and the ecosystem and promoting sustainable development.
It also helps with boosting Ecotourism and to attract community livelihoods and international scientific research.
The Kon Ha Nung Biosphere Reserves consist of two core zones – the Kon Ka Kinh National Park and the Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve on 57,493 hectares, as well as a 152,693 hectare buffer zone, which includes the districts and communities of Dak Doa, Mang Yang, Kbang, Chu Pah, Dak Po and An Khe.
Kon Ha Nung is home to rare species such as the gray-thigh douc (Pygathrix cinerea) – a rare and endemic primate species of Vietnam and classified as critically endangered, with only about 1,000 individuals living in the wild.
The two core areas of the Kon Ha Nung Biosphere Reserve have relatively intact ecosystems with high biodiversity, which are typical of the forest ecosystem, flora and fauna of the Central Highlands region.
This biosphere reserve plays an important role in the socio-economic development and maintenance of the ecological balance not only of the Central Highlands region, but also of the central and south-eastern regions of Vietnam.
The biosphere reserve is a UNESCO title for nature reserves with unique and diverse flora and fauna. Biosphere reserves must meet seven criteria: ecosystems that represent biogeographical regions, importance for the preservation of biodiversity, opportunities for sustainable development and sufficient space. They must also fulfill three functions that are prescribed by UNESCO, namely nature conservation, sustainable development and logistical support. /.