Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve Announces Official Product Certification
Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve announced the launch of an official certification and logo for goods and services which promote the conservation and sustainability of the 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 products are eligible for certification, including hotels, entertainment, transport services, and consumables. The initiative, developed by the Hai Phong Department of Culture Sports and Tourism, aims to build a cache of premium ‘green’ products carrying the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve logo to be made available to consumers and tourists, thereby reinforcing the tenets of ‘conservation for development, development for conservation’ throughout the tourism and development supply chain.
Cat Ba Island is one of eight Biosphere Reserves in Viet Nam which promote sustainable solutions to reconciling conservation with development.
This archipelago in northern Vietnam possesses a number of ecosystems and habitat types and a large 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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