The sea waters and coastline of Kien
Giang province in southwestern Vietnam have been recognized
by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) as a world biosphere reserve.
Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve covers an area of more
than 1.1 million hectares, consisting of three core
areas – the U Minh Thuong National Park, the Phu Quoc
National Park, and a mangrove forest area named Kien
boasts many endangered plants and animals including
seagrass, coral reefs, dugongs, and sea turtles.
UN agency’s website does not, however, say yet what
specific aspect of the area’s marine ecology led to
announcement was made at the 19th session of the International
Coordinators' Council of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere
Program (MAB), held on October 23-27 in Paris, France.
the session, Vietnam was elected the MAB Intnernational
Coordinators' Council vice president representing Asia-Pacific.
Sweden was elected president while Russia, Chile, Ethiopia
and Sudang were elected vice presidents representing
According to UNESCO, biosphere reserves are areas of
terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions
to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its
Vietnam now boasts five world biosphere reserves, the
others being the Can Gio wetland and the Cat Tien tropical
forest eco-system, both in the south, and the Cat Ba
National Park and Red River Delta in the north.