INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HERITAGE VALUES OF LY SON - SA HUYNH GEOPARK

Background
As per initial findings of national and international scientists, Ly Son - Sa Huynh Geopark is home to abundant and diversified geological, morphological, cultural heritages, beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity. Regarding geological heritages, the aspiring geopark territory has various types of metamorphic rocks representing major complexes, formations in the region and magmatic rocks of different eruptive forms. In terms of cultural heritage, this territory has remained tracks of different cultures of Stone Age, Sa Huynh, Champa and Great Viet which inherit and interweave each other.

In an effort to preserve and promote the heritage values, especially geoheritage, cultural heritage and landscapes as well as biodiversity, Quang Ngai Province has undertaken a wide range of activities, including the establishment of province-level Ly Son Geopark, Small Ly Son Islet Conservation Project, Ly Son Marine Protected Area. In hope to further explore the potential and promote the values of Ly Son - Sa Huynh Geopark, the province has determined to seek a UNESCO global geopark designation.

To strengthen scientific evidence on geological and cultural heritage, to further supplement findings and research achievements from scholars, researchers and policy-makers in a bid to finalize the application dossier to submit UNESCO for the recognition of a UNESCO global geopark, as well as to provide necessary information for the conservation, management and development of Quang Ngai global geopark, and to commemorate the 110th anniversary of unearthing Sa Huynh Culture, the People’s Committee of Quang Ngai Province in collaboration with UNESCO Commission in Vietnam host an International Workshop on the research, management and development of heritage values in Ly Son – Sa Huynh Geopark.

Objectives:
The workshop aims at 
  • Awareness of local government and communities on UNESCO global geoparks are raised; the potential and prospect of Quang Ngai UNESCO Global Geopark are assessed;
  • In-depth discussions on geoheritage and Sa Huynh cultural heritage are facilitated;
  • The management and promotion of heritage values are tabled;
  • The exploitation of UGGp designation in local socio-economic development is shared.

Workshop activities: Apart from scientific sessions and field trip, the workshop also provides side activities as geofair, exhibitions of Sa Huynh archaeological interfacts

Workshop methodology and language
Presentations, thematic discussions and plenary discussion
Vietnamese and English are the workshop languages.

Chairs
The workshop is co-chaired by Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee and UNESCO Vietnam NatCom. Leaders of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will be invited to chair relevant scientific sessions.

Participants
The workshop is expected to invite about 160 international, national and local participants from different backgrounds, including United Nations agencies, international organizations, Global Geopark Network members, aspiring geoparks, Vietnam central agencies, scientific institutes, relevant provinces, private enterprises, local departments and mass media.

 
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