BA RIA-VUNG TAU – The Con Dao National Park in the central coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has been recognised as the first marine Ramsar site in Viet Nam.
The recognition brings the total number of Ramsar sites in Viet Nam thus far to six.
Located on the Con Dao archipelago, the park covers nearly 20,000 hectares, with a forest area of 6,000 hectares and the rest belonging to the marine protected area.
It is home to ecosystems typical of a tropical sea and habitat for many plants and animals endemic to Viet Nam and Southeast Asia.
According to the park management, scientists have found more than one thousand species of vascular plants, 29 species of mammals, 85 species of birds and 46 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Although the number of species is not large, the density of species is quite high and many of the species cannot be found anywhere else in Viet Nam.
The park also features a rich marine life, making it an attractive destination for both researchers and those who wanting to explore the sea.
Ramsar, or the Convention of Wetlands, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. It was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975.