Con Dao National Park recognized Ramsar site

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and People’s Committee in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday held a ceremony to receive a certificate recognizing Con Dao National Park as a Ramsar site of wetlands of international importance.

Con Dao National Park in the Con Dao archipelago in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau becomes the world’s 2,203rd Ramsar site upon the official recognition.

The National Park covering some 14,000 ha of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province in the South includes a part of the archipelago and the surrounding sea and is home to 144 species, including 29 mammals, 85 birds, and 46 reptiles. Its marine ecosystem comprises mangroves, seagrass beds, and over 270 coral species.

Con Dao National Park was recognized the world Ramsar site as it has satisfied criteria for identifying Wetlands of International Importance. It contains a representative, rare, or unique example of a natural or near-natural wetland type found within the appropriate biogeographic region; supports vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered species or threatened ecological communities; support populations of plant and/or animal species important for maintaining the biological diversity of a particular biogeographic region; supports plant and/or animal species at a critical stage in their life cycles, or provides refuge during adverse conditions.

Con Dao National Park is an archipelago of 14 islands located some 80km off the coast of southern Vietnam, according to the website http://www.ramsar.org.
Vietnam has six Ramsar sites including Tram Chim National Park in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, Ca Mau National Park in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the northern province of Nam Dinh, Bau Sau in Cat Tien National Park in the southern province of Dong Nai, Ba Be lake in the mountainous province of Bac Kan, and Con Dao National Park.

By Duc Trung - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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