Kon ha Nung is located in the highlands of Central Viet Nam, the so called ‘Roof of Indochina’, the highest peak of which reaches over 1,700 m.
Two nationally protected sites, serve as the core areas of the biosphere reserve: Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve. Both are located in Gia Lai Province.
Surface : 413,511 ha
- Core area(s): 57,439 ha
- Buffer zone(s): 152,693 ha
- Transition zone(s): 203,377 ha
Location: 14°11'46,241"N – 08°24'13,67"E
The biosphere reserve is is characterized by a high level of biodiversity and its home to rare species such as the Gray-shanked douc (Pygathrix cinerea) a rare and endemic primate species of Viet Nam, classified as critically endangered, with only about 1,000 individuals in the wild.
The Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve forms part of the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area and has been recognized as one of the most important bird zones in Viet Nam.
The biosphere reserve, home to 267,493 inhabitants (2021), is managed in line with the traditional knowledge of local communities including Indigenous and folk knowledge about production and social organization.
Activities have been implemented to create sustainable livelihoods for local people with a view to reducing pressure on the Nature Reserve. Such activities include hi-tech agricultural development, afforestation, ecotourism, cultural tourism and the Central Highlands Gong Culture Festival.
Last updated: January 2021