The 2nd international conference on geological parks in the Asia-Pacific region will be held in Hanoi and other provinces from July 16 to 24, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
More than 300 international and local delegates will participate in the event, themed "Geological Parks and Tourism for Sustainable Development."
The conference will cover five major subjects: popularizing and promoting heritage and geological tourism; presentation of new geological parks; and opportunities and challenges for geological parks and limestone areas.
Katherine Muller Marin, UNESCO representative in Vietnam, said the event will be a good opportunity for the country to learn valuable information on managing and developing a national system of geological parks. It would also help showcase Vietnam's support and contribution to the development and preservation of geological parks around the world, she said.
The Dong Van Stone Plateau in the northern province of Ha Giang is currently Vietnam's only World Geological Park, as recognized by UNESCO last year.