On September 15, 2022, a conference was organized by IUCN, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and Oxalis Adventure, with the approval of the People’s Committee of Quang Binh Province. The purpose of the conference was to introduce the Cross-Border Management Framework between Phong Nha-Ke Bang and Hin Nam No national parks to the Vietnamese and Lao authorities. In addition to the introduction, the conference facilitated a consultation between the provinces of Quang Binh and Khammouane to finalize the Framework. The event also included the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Oxalis Adventure (Vietnam) and Green Discovery (Laos). The conference took place at the Blue Diamond Camp, a campsite known for its convenient facilities and unique meeting spaces, located in Xuan Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. It is situated approximately 20 minutes drive from the center of Phong Nha town and 50 minutes drive from Dong Hoi city.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site twice, for its exceptional global values in geology, geomorphology (2003), and biodiversity (2015). The park shares a continuous limestone system with Hin Nam No National Park, forming a border between Vietnam and Laos.
Hin Nam No National Park is currently in the process of finalizing its application for World Natural Heritage status. It aims to become an extension of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang World Natural Heritage Site. If successful, this will be Laos’ first World Natural Heritage Site. The combined area of Hin Nam No and Phong Nha-Ke Bang will cover 217,000 hectares, forming one of the largest Karst (limestone) conservation areas in the world.
As part of the application process, a cross-border management framework developed by IUCN is required due to the cross-border nature of the extension. Having a common management mechanism for the two national parks is crucial for information exchange, sharing experiences in forest protection patrols, developing livelihoods, effectively protecting the Outstanding Universal Values (OUV), and promoting tourism.
During the conference, a technical discussion took place in the morning of September 15, 2022, between the provinces and the national parks. The focus was on the final draft of the Cross-Border Management Framework, with particular attention to the institutional structure necessary for effective management of the protected areas. In the afternoon, as part of the workshop, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Oxalis Adventure (Vietnam) and Green Discovery (Laos) to foster collaboration in tourism activities between the two countries.
The conference was attended by 40 people, including representatives from government agencies at all levels of Quang Binh and Khammouane provinces. This included departments and ministries responsible for cultural heritage in Vietnam and Laos, representatives of the UNESCO Committees of Vietnam and Laos, the management boards of Phong Nha-Ke Bang and Hin Nam No national parks, IUCN representatives, as well as Oxalis Adventure and Green Discovery Laos.
Blue Diamond Camp - The ideal place for a formal and harmonious meeting with nature
The conference will take place at the Lily Camp area, which can be easily transformed from a camping area into a spacious meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people. This open space is designed to make the most of natural light and air, creating a comfortable and positive atmosphere throughout the event. The area includes a roof and sunshade, shower rooms with towels, and modern toilets for the convenience of participants.
The meeting preparation work is well-organized, with the space arranged in a scientific and formal manner. It provides ample tables and chairs, as well as meeting equipment such as projectors, screens, flipcharts, speakers, microphones, drinks, and 4G Internet to support translation work throughout the conference. There will also be tea breaks during the conference, serving fruit, tea, and cakes for the delegates. Everything has been meticulously prepared.
After hours of meetings or training, visitors can enjoy the exciting activities available at Blue Diamond. In addition to swimming and cooling off, there are various other thrilling activities to experience, such as kayaking, SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), relaxing on a kayak hammock or large floating buoy, playing on swings next to the stream, and enjoying nature on a unique wind-powered boat. Discover more exciting activities at Blue Diamond here.
In addition to the natural meeting space, which is suitable for company groups, teams, and classes that want to combine outdoor activities with meetings, training, and development, Blue Diamond Camp also offers teambuilding and wellness tourism services in nature. These services are based on the location’s strengths, including its scenery, facilities, and human resources.