29.03.2011 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve announces line of official products and services

Hai Phong government officials and UNESCO's MAB programme staff officially launch the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve certification for local products

Cat Ba, 29 March 2011 - Officials of the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve have announced the launch of an official certification and logo for goods and services which promote the conservation and sustainability of Cat Ba Island and its local community. In order to be awarded the certification, a local product must demonstrate that its business model meets a standard of criteria aligned with sustainable development goals at the Biosphere Reserve. Initially, seven goods and services are eligible for certification – five hotels and resorts, one tour boat company and bottled honey from the Cat Ba forest.

The initiative, developed by the Hai Phong Department of Culture Sports and Tourism with the technical support of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, aims to build a range of premium 'green' consumer goods and services that carry the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve logo, thereby reinforcing the tenets of 'conservation for development, development for conservation' throughout the tourism industry and product supply chain.

Cat Ba Island is one of eight UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Viet Nam that promote solutions that reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. The Cat Ba archipelago in northern Vietnam possesses a large number of ecosystems and habitat types and a wide variety of plant and animal species, most notably the endangered golden-headed langur. Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development first recognized Cat Ba as a protected area in 1983 and it has since received recognition as a national park in 1986, a Marine Protected Area in 1995 and most recently as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2004.

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