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Military ups fight against forest fires

Update: May, 16/2014 - 09:13
The force will increase patrols in places prone to wildfires and illegal trespassing, in addition to building fire belts and raising awareness about forest protection.— Photo dongthap

DONG THAP (VNS) — The Military Command in the southern province of Dong Thap has deployed nearly 100 soldiers to prevent and fight forest fires in Tram Chim National Park during the dry season.

The force will increase patrols in places prone to wildfires and illegal trespassing, in addition to building fire belts and raising awareness about forest protection.

Located in the province's Tam Nong district, the park boasts rich biodiversity and was chosen as the world's 2,000th Ramsar site in 2012.

Established in 1985, the 7,313-hectare Tram Chim became a national park in 1998 and the fourth Ramsar site in Viet Nam in 2012.

Tram Chim is home to 198 bird species, including 16 rare ones such as red-headed cranes, black-faced spoonbills, black eagles, great-billed herons and spotted-billed pelicans. It is recognised as an important bird sanctuary in Viet Nam. — VNS

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