Vietnam’s relevant agencies, localities and people are working hard to preserve natural heritages, including Cat Ba archipelago.

The statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan at his meeting with the independent consultant of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Peter Hitchcock in Hanoi on October 3.

He said Vietnam is proudly home to such breath-taking wonders as Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha Ke-Bang cave, which were recognised as part of world heritage, and is seeking the world’s recognition for others, such as Cat Ba archipelago.

The Deputy PM spoke highly of the IUCN experts’ recent fact-finding tour to Cat Ba archipelago, which boast a rich biodiversity as found by many researchers.

Hitchcock evaluated that Cat Ba archipelago possesses stunning landscape and the word’s top-grade bio-diversity and that Vietnam did natural conservation there well.

The expert said the dossier on Ca Ba archipelago is being appraised by an IUCN’s consult agency and expressed hope that Cat Ba will become a tourist destination and an ideal reserve of international standard in the coming time.-VNA