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Moves taken to protect Ca Mau

Update: April, 15/2013 - 09:29
A part of the Ca Mau National Park, which has recently been recognised as a world Ramsar site. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Lam

CA MAU (VNS)— The recognition of Ca Mau National Park in the far south as a world Ramsar site was celebrated at a ceremony on Saturday.

The Ramsar Convention on wetlands of international importance, especially as waterfowl habitat, is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands.

It aims to stem the encroachment on and loss of wetlands, recognising the ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. It is named after the city of Ramsay in Iran where the Convention was signed in 1971.

As one of the three main areas of the UNESCO-recognised Ca Mau Cape Biosphere Reserve, the park covers 41,862ha, including 15,262ha of land and 26,600ha of coastal areas in low-lying saline land.

The national park is home to 93 species of birds, 26 species of mammals, 43 species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibians, 233 fish species, including many that are rare.

Speaking at the ceremony, park director Tran Quoc Tuan pledged to better preserve the Ramsar site in combination with community development.

He proposed that the State should continue to put forth policies to help local people improve their living standards and limit migration that may harm the park's natural resources.

Tuan also suggested the authorities invest in infrastructure, scientific research and eco-tourism development in the park to preserve its biodiversity.

The park encompasses Dat Mui, Vien An and Dat Moi communes in Ngoc Hien district.

It is the fifth Ramsar site in Viet Nam, with Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the Red River Delta province of Nam Dinh, Ba Be Lake in the northern mountainous province of Bac Can, Bau Sau in Cat Tien National Park in the southern province of Dong Nai and Tram Chim National Park in the southern province of Dong Thap. — VNS


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