Lang Biang biosphere reserve seeks UNESCO recognition

Nhan Dan Online – Authorities in Lam Dong province are taking the final steps to complete their report on the Lang Biang biosphere reserve which will be submitted to the UNESCO for recognition in September.

A local community in the core area of Lang Biang
A local community in the core area of Lang Biang

The Lang Biang biosphere reserve is planned to cover 260,000 hectares with its core area of 56,000 hectares covering the entire Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park.

Its buffer zone consists of communes neighbouring the core area in Lac Duong and Dam Rong districts with the total area of 86,000 hectares.

The remaining 118,000 hectare is the wide transitional area covering parts of Da Lat city, Lac Duong, Lam Ha, Duc Trong and Don Duong districts.

The Lang Biang biosphere reserve’s core area, which is a national centre for biodiversity protection, is home to more than 2,000 plant species and nearly 400 animal species, of which 127 are rare species on Vietnam’s red list.

Vice Chairman of the Lam Dong People’s Committee Pham S said this was an area with great potential for scientific research, eco-tourism and education.

The value of Lang Biang is its connection with the culture of the Central Highlands region, added Professor Nguyen Hoang Tri, General Secretary of the National Man and the Biosphere Programme.

It is expected that the English-language report will be completed and submitted to the UN scientific and cultural body in September.

Vietnam currently has eight UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserves including Can Gio Mangrove, Cat Ba, Cat Tien, Cu Lao Cham – Hoi An, Kien Giang, Mui Ca Mau, Red River Delta and Western Nghe An.