On May 19, the People’s Committee in the southern province of Dong Nai and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) announced that the Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve has now become the 580th World Biosphere Reserve.
|A herd of gayals in the Cat Tien National Park, 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)|
In 2011, UNESCO had renamed the Cat Tien National Park as the Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve.
The reserve is home to 1,700 rare animal species of which 40 species are already listed on the IUCN Red List of endangered animals, such as the one-horned rhino and the pheasant.
This area is also home for 11 ethnic minority groups and a model for various preservation measures that offer sustainable development to both people and the environment based on biological and cultural diversity.
The Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve with the are of 966,563 hectare is located across the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong and the highland provinces of Lam Dong and Dak Nong.
The recognition of the reserve globally will help better protect and manage the area as well as preserve the natural environment and local ethnic culture.