With the agreement of the Standing Committee of the Dak Nong Provincial Party Committee and the Volcanic Cave Committee of the International Cave Association, on April 1st, 2022, the People’s Committee of Dak Nong Province issued Plan No. 169/KH-UBND on organizing the 20th International Symposium on Volcanic Caves (ISV20), to be held from November 22nd to 26th, 2022, in the locality.

The International Symposium on Volcanic Caves (abbreviated as ISV) is the most important activity of the International Volcanic Cave Committee (abbreviated as UIS-CVC) to create a forum for exchanging information, research results, and connecting members in this field. The symposium was first held in the Hawaiian Islands in 1972, and since 1998, it has been held biennially. Countries that have hosted the ISV in recent years include Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Spain (Canary Islands), South Korea, Jordan, Australia, Iceland, and the United States (Hawaii and California). The most recent ISV, the 19th edition, was held in Italy (Catania-Sicily) in August 2021.

This important event promises to open up opportunities for Dak Nong Province to introduce and promote the system of volcanic caves – a geological heritage of international significance in the UNESCO Global Geopark of Dak Nong to international friends at home and abroad. At the same time, it will attract scientists to research and enrich the values of the cave system, contributing to the conservation and efficient exploitation of the locality’s international heritage.

The symposium program includes seminars, a symposium on “15 years of development of geoparks in Vietnam,” a geopark promotion fair, networking programs, and an exhibition on “Volcanic Wonders and Volcanic Caves.”

Nam Kar Volcano, Quang Phu commune, Krong No District – taken by Tran An