The management board of Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve approved plans to further promote the reserve at a meeting on August 26.

Accordingly, the board will implement measures to promote the reserve’s image in Vietnam and abroad, including publishing the book “Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve – where humans and nature meet” and encouraging investments in tourism activities exploring the reserve’s history, culture and environment.

In addition, 12 projects will be set up to manage, restore and preserve the reserve’s biodiversity between 2015 and 2020, focusing on managing the reserve’s core and buffer areas, collecting information on transition areas, establishing brands for local specialties and generating additional funds for the reserve’s activities.

The Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve was recognised by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in early 2012.
Since then, a number of activities have been implemented to increase public awareness of the reserve, including the distribution of information handbooks and promotional materials, the organisation of forums about the reserve and the implementation of forest preservation and development projects.

The Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve covers an area of more than 966,000ha spreading over five provinces, namely the central highlands provinces of Lam Dong and Dak Nong, and the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Binh Duong.

The reserve covers a range of habitat types, from lowland forests and mountain forests to river ecosystems. The area is home to more than 1,400 species of plants, and nearly 2,000 rare and valuable animal species. Furthermore, a number of historic relics are contained within the reserve.-VNA