If accepted, the 2,000-square-kilometer area filled with volcanic caves, waterfalls, mountains and important archeological sites will receive increased conservation resources and support.
Krong No stretches across Krong No, Cu Jut, Dak Mil, Dak Song, Dak Glong and Gia Nghia towns in central Vietnam and was first identified by modern residents in 2007. It was recently nominated for the UNESCO Global Geopark distinction alongside 10 other sites around the world by the Global Geoparks Network, a UNESCO-affiliated non-profit concerned with conservation and sustainable development.
“UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development,” explains the United Nations organization.
In addition to the stunning natural visuals, Krong No is notable for a 2018 archeology excavation that yielded a bounty of neolithic bones and artifacts. Some of the fossils date back to peoples that inhabited the region over 10,000 years ago.
It will be announced in 2020 if Krong No is accepted as a UNESCO Global Geopark, and if so, it will receive increased funds for research and development. Currently, the area is not open to large-scale tourism, and anyone interested in visiting must employ a local guide.
Vietnam is currently home to two other UNESCO Global Geoparks: Non Nuoc Cao Bang and Dong Van Plateau. Authorities in Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, Dak Nong, Gia Lai and Bac Kan have all expressed interest in establishing their own Global Geoparks.
[Photo via Dak Nong Geopark]