Hin Nam Nor submission to UNESCO next year
The final master plan of Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area in Khammuan province for submission to the World Heritage list will be sent to UNESCO early next year for assessment.
Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Bouangeun Xaphouvong ( centre ) chairs the meeting in Vientiane on Thursday.
An official for the Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area, who asked not to be named, told Vientiane Times yesterday that Laos has already satisfied all of the conditions and documentation to nominate Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area as a World Heritage site.
“We expect to send the final master plan to UNESCO in early 2018 but we cannot say if or when the documents will be approved by UNESCO,” she said.
“After UNESCO finishes assessment of the final master plan they will then carry out a technical assessment at Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area. We have already prepared for almost 10 years for the Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area to become a World Heritage site,” the official added.
The committees in charge have worked together to prepare Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area's submission to UNESCO which has involved many trips to Khammuan province over recent years.
A workshop to discuss the area's submission to UNESCO was held in Vientiane on Thursday and attended by Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Bouangeun Xaphouvong, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Thongphat Vongmany, Deputy Khammuan Provincial Governor Mr Khamsy Outhivong and officials.
During the meeting participants discussed how to successfully carryout Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area's submission to UNESCO.
Hin Nam Nor has been under consideration for nomination as a potential World Heritage site because of its natural landscape, unique geomorphologic formations of limestone karst, and the area's rich biodiversity of wildlife and plants.
Hin Nam Nor National Protection Area possesses outstanding universal values similar to those already recognised by UNESCO when inscribing Vietnam's adjacent Phong Nha-Khebang on the World Heritage List.
Hin Nam Nor National Protection Area covers an area of 82,000 ha; it is home to over 40 mammal species, over 200 bird species, 25 bat species, 46 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 100 fish species, and more than 520 plant species.
Many of these species are considered as endangered or vulnerable not only in Laos but also globally. Presently, the government is also preparing a submission for the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province to UNESCO for World Heritage status.
Laos has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ancient city of Luang Prabang which was nominated in 1995 and the pre-Angkor Vat Phou temple complex which was nominated in 2001.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 27, 2017)