Dak Nong Geopark was established in 2015, aiming to join the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network in 2018. After 3 years of construction and development, Dak Nong Geopark has been basically formed and developed according to the criteria of the Global Geoparks Network and ready for the UNESCO on-field review.

With the results achieved, in July 2018, Dak Nong province invited a field survey team of the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO and international experts to preliminarily evaluate the status of Dak Nong Geopark before submitting the final dossier to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. The delegation included Mr. Mai Phan Dung – Deputy Secretary General of the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Tran Tan Van – Director of Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, Head of Professional Sub-committee on Global Geoparks of Vietnam and other members.

At the end of the survey, the expert team assessed Dak Nong Geopark owned features that could develop to meet the Global Geoparks Network’s cretearia and be able to submit the dossier to the UNESCO in 11/2018. The experts also encouraged Dak Nong Geopark to clarify some contents to better meet the criteria such as determining the main theme of the Geopark and implementation schedule to ensure the time frame for the dossier submission by the end of 2018.

From these recommendations, Dak Nong province and the experts have identified the main theme of Dak Nong Geopark as “Land of sounds”, including the sound of rock, the sound of wood, the sound of wind and the sound of water… By the end of November 2018, the dossier of Dak Nong Geopark was submitted to the UNESCO for designation and ready to welcome the appraisal from UNESCO on-field team to officially become a member of the Global Geoparks Network in the near future.

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