The localities have also been requested to provide a suitable explanatory report, which will then be sent to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for consideration.

According to a document issued on July 3 by the Government Office regarding the recommendations of IUCN regarding the nomination dossier, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is required to closely collaborate with the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO to instruct the authorities to finalize the explanatory reports, and complete the nomination dossier in accordance with regulations, and promptly submit them to IUNC for the World Heritage Committee’s assessment.

The ministry will also be responsible for coordinating with ministries and relevant agencies to provide guidance to the localities on proposing, making, and evaluating projects within the heritage areas in the future, in order to ensure that there is no risk of affecting the outstanding global value of the UNESCO-recognized world heritage sites in accordance with Vietnamese laws and guidelines on the implementation of the 1972 Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the National Heritage Law.

Cat Ba archipelago in Hai Phong city is the largest limestone archipelago in Vietnam. It comprises more than 360 islands, including Cat Ba island in the south of Ha Long Bay.

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site twice for its aesthetic values, geology, and caves.

Seeking the world heritage status aims to maintain and conserve the endemic value of biodiversity of Cat Ba archipelago, in order to boost the socio-economic and cultural development of the locality and promote the image of the country.