The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on May 22 held a ceremony to receive a certificate recognising Tram Chim National Park as a Ramsar site of wetlands of international importance.
The event highlights the efforts of Dong Thap authorities and people in the conservation and sustainable use of the sole wetlands left in the Plain of Reeds.
At the ceremony, Dong Thap authorities committed to join its local people in managing the protection of the park’s biodiversity, contributing to the sustainable development of the Mekong delta region.
The national park, located in Tam Nong district, in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap , is the fourth Ramsar site in Vietnam and the 2,000 th in the world.
The other Ramsar sites in the country are the Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the northern province of Nam Dinh, the Bau Sau ( Crocodile Lake ) Wetlands and Seasonal Floodplains in Cat Tien National Park , and Ba Be National Park in the northern province of Bac Kan.
Covering a total area of 7,313 hectares, Tram Chim is currently one of Vietnam ’s eight most important bird santuaries. With a system of swamps, grass plots and natural canals, the park is an ideal habitat for 191 species of plants, 150 species of freshwater fish, and nearly 231 species of water birds. Some of these are listed in Vietnam ’s Red Book of rare and threatened species.