VIETNAM (Ha-Giang Province)

Capacity Building for Sustainable Geopark Development in Dong Van Karst Plateau

LOCATION Dong Van Karst Plateau (DVKP), Vietnam

PERIOD 2011 until 2012

OBJECTIVE The objective of our involvement in DVKP Geopark development was to strengthen the strategic planning capacity of the Geopark Management Team and provide the education development team with a training for local tour guides within the park.

PARTNERS Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Tourism Geopark Management Board of Ha Giang Province

Vietnamese Institute of Geology and Minireal Resources KULeuven (departement of Social Education Development) Belgian Royal Institute of Natural Sciences 

FUNDING VLIR (through KULeuven) & own resources

DESCRIPTION December 2011: 5 day Workshop in Hanoi “Introduction to Geotourism”
April 2012: Train-the-Trainer program for local tour guide trainers
June 2012: Workshop Strategic Destination Planning
RESULTS The DVKP Geopark Management team has written down more then 80 strategic actions to be implmented over the next three years and have started planning tour guide workshop within certain local communities.

CURRENT SITUATION Together with the consortium of partners we developed a projectproposal for the EU, “increasing community participation within the DVKP Global Geopark development”