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Dak Nong hosts the 20th International Conference on Volcanic Caves

From November 22 to November 26, 2022, Dak Nong province will host the 20th International Conference on Volcanic Caves (ISV) with the theme Conservation and sustainable development of volcanoes and caves volcanoes along with the scientific conference 15 years of Geopark development in Vietnam. This is the first time ISV Conference is held in Vietnam.
November 24, 2020 - Representative of Unesco organization awarded the certificate of "Global Geopark for Dak Nong Geopark".

The ISV Conference is the most important activity of the International Cave Association and the Volcanic Cave Commission (UIS-CVC) to create a forum for exchanging information, research results and connecting members in this field.  Held once every two years, the ISV Conference and the congresses of UIS-CVC and UIS-CVC will hold a meeting of the Executive Board to discuss and vote on important issues for the Association's activities in the next years.

In July 2020, Dak Nong Geopark was recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark (Geopark).  The name "Dak Nong UNESCO Global Geopark (Vietnam)" officially appeared on the map of the Geopark network, including 177 destinations.  Dak Nong is the 3rd locality in Vietnam and 164th in the world to have a Geopark recognized by UNESCO as a Geopark.

Dak Nong Province's hosting of the ISV20 Conference is an important external event, helping the locality to effectively introduce and promote the volcanic cave system - geological heritage (with traces of pre-human culture).  history) of international stature in the Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark.  At the same time, attracting scientists to research, further enhance the value of the cave system, typical cultural values, sharing experiences, contributing to the conservation and effective exploitation of international heritage of Dak Nong province.

One of the caves was formed from the lava flow of Chu Pluk volcano (Krong No, Dak Nong).

The initiative to host an international scientific event affirms the determination of Dak Nong province in preserving and rationally using heritage values, especially national geological heritages economic.

Through events at the Conference, Dak Nong wishes to seek investors to accompany Dak Nong to invest in, develop tourism infrastructure, and connect infrastructure to destinations in Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark to realize its views.  "Developing tourism on the basis of promoting natural advantages, cultural values ​​- indigenous ecological characteristics, Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark", making tourism truly one of the three pillars of economic development  economy of Dak Nong, according to the orientation of the Resolution of the 12th Provincial Party Congress.

The ISV20 conference is also an event in Dak Nong province to celebrate Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day on November 23.

Main activities of the 20th ISV Conference:

  1. ISV Conference

 Time: From November 22 to November 26, 2022.

Venue: Workshops are held at the Provincial Convention Center (Gia Nghia City, Dak Nong Province).

Organization form: Offline and online

Lead agency: Dak Nong Provincial People's Committee chaired, coordinated with Institute of Geosciences and Minerals (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) and Vietnam Museum of Nature (Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology) .

Consulting and supporting agencies: International Cave Association (UIS), Volcanic Cave Commission (UIS-CVC), Vietnam National Committee for UNESCO - Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 Thematic seminars of the ISV20 Conference:

 (-) ISV20 Workshop - Theme 1: Geology/Geomorphology/Volcano formation/Cave survey report and data;

 (-) ISV20 Workshop - Theme 2: Cave Use/Cave Biology/Volcano Formation/Geology/Cave Management and Protection;

 (-) ISV20 Workshop - Theme 3: Geology/Report on cave survey and data/Cave management and protection.

  1. Scientific conference “15 years of geopark development in Vietnam”

The scientific conference "15 years of Geopark development in Vietnam" was organized by the People's Committee of Dak Nong Province in collaboration with the Specialized Subcommittee on Geoparks of the National Committee of UNESCO Vietnam held at Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark.

 Time: From November 22 to November 24, 2022.

 Venue:  1,200 seat-hall, Provincial Convention Center in offline and online form.

  1. International exchange activities of members of UNESCO Geopark

The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark Management Board, Vietnam and the UNESCO Mudeungsan Geopark Management Board, Korea;

Online meeting of UNESCO Geoparks with volcanic geological heritage and volcanic caves in the Asia-Thailand UNESCO Geopark Network.

  1. Field survey activities of Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark

 Delegates to the conference, international scientists participated in the field survey of Dak Nong volcanic cave system and destinations in Dak Nong UNESCO Geopark.

by Bao San - Vo Ha

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