Converging many standards
According to Mr.
Nguyen Minh Tri - Director of Quang Ngai Department of Culture, Sports and
Tourism, since January 2018, the Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources
has cooperated with the Management Board of Ly Son - Sa Huynh Geopark in order
to conduct many surveys and assessments.
11 surveys on
mineral, geomorphological landscapes and cultural sites in 9 districts and
cities in Quang Ngai province has been organized with the support of
international experts from France, Japan and Korea. Currently, 1,130 points in
Ly Son - Sa Huynh Geopark were surveyed.
Through surveys, 110
heritage sites could become tourism route for the area of Ly Son - Sa Huynh
Geopark. Domestic and foreign scientists have identified 81 heritage sites with
many unique landform values, creating an exciting landscape for sightseeing.
Many locations of Ly Son - Sa Huynh Geopark
have unique and rich geological layers
It could be divided
into 4 clusters: complex of Ly Son island heritage has many beautiful
landscapes with natural museum of volcanoes, coral and ancient environmental
conditions; complex of Northern coastal heritage zone of Quang Ngai includes
beautiful beaches, basalt basins; complex of Southern Quang Ngai heritage has
Sa Huynh cultural relics, freshwater and saltwater marshes; and complex of
heritage area in Tra Bong area with waterfalls, mountains and majestic passes.
Assoc. Dr. Tran Tan
Van - Director of the Institute of Geosciences and Minerals said that Ly Son
Island, Binh Chau coastal and surrounding areas have unique and rich geological
classes. This is the traces of many tectonic plates of the Earth's crust with
millions of years ago.
in Quang Ngai is like a natural museum of rare volcanic activity in the world.
A lot of things to do
In order for Ly Son -
Sa Huynh Geopark to be recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark, experts said
that Quang Ngai has a lot of works to do.
The Culture, Sports
and Tourism sector needs to complete the tourist routes, designing the posters,
panels introducing heritage sites; implementing communication activities for
officials at all levels, communities and schools; developing dossiers to submit
to higher authorities for geological and cultural heritage preservation;
participating in activities of the Global Geoparks network, Vietnam Geoparks
Experts agreed and
proposed Quang Ngai province to set up a specialized Management Board for Ly
Son - Sa Huynh Geopark.
Quang Ngai is
focusing on completing dossier of Ly Son - Sa Huynh geological Park to UNESCO
in November 2019. After that, the locality will continue to submit documents to
the National Heritage Committee to recognize and submit to the World Heritage
Council for UNESCO to recognize Ly Son - Sa Huynh as the Global Geopark.
The core value of the
Global Geopark focuses on 15 key areas to realize the mission of conservation
and sustainable development. The objective of this program is to preserve
geological heritage and rational use of natural resources, respond climate
change, reduce geological hazards, preserve biodiversity, cultural and
religious heritage, keeping local and indigenous knowledge.