Speaking at the event, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission Pham Minh Chinh highlighted outstanding values of the site, saying that it will lay an important foundation for Tuyen Quang and neighbouring Bac Kan province to build a dossier to be submitted to the UNESCO for the recognition of Ba Be – Na Hang as a world natural heritage.
The 61,300-ha nature reserve, about 270 km northwest of Hanoi, stretches across 14 communes and townships of Na Hang and Lam Binh district. It lies amid thick forests along the banks of Gam River and Nang River.
The reserve is renowned for magnificent caves and a diverse ecosystem with many endangered flora and fauna species. Most notably is Tokin snub-nosed langur (Rhinopithecus avunculus), a species listed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Critically Endangered Species as endemic to northern Vietnam.
Besides the value of biodiversity, it is also home to various tourist attractions, including Thuong Lam area with 99 legendary mountains dubbed as “Ha Long Bay on land amidst mountains and forests”, Na Chao and Pac Khoang caves, and waterfalls of Pac Ban, Pac Hau and Khuoi Nhi. Archaeologists have discovered here several ancient Vietnamese burial relics dated over 10,000 years ago.
This place is also a concentration of different cultural nuances of highland ethnic minority groups, such as Tay, Dao and H’mong.
On the occasion, Chinh also joined a tree planting festival in Trung Mon commune, Yen Son district, starting an afforestation campaign in Tuyen Quang this year, and attended the inauguration of a cultural house in Kim Quan commune, Yen Son district.