A town on Con Dao Island seen from a mountain. Photo by Meogia
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has recognized Con Dao National Park in southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau as an international wetland area and Vietnam’s first sea Ramsar site.
The island area, which became the 2,203rd Ramsar site in the world and the sixth of Vietnam, is a habitat of many sea creatures, including sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs.
The park has 144 recorded species, including 28 mammals, 69 birds, 39 reptiles and eight amphibians.
The water around Con Dao is the habitat of a diversifying 1,321 recorded flora and fauna species, many of which are listed as endangered. The beaches there are also the breeding place for several sea turtle species.
In 1995, the World Bank listed Con Dao National Park in its Global Representative System of Marine Protected Areas. It is also part of Vietnam’s biodiversity conserving plan.
Vietnam presented Con Dao National Park to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat in 2012.
Con Dao is an archipelago of 14 islands located some 80 km off Vietnam’s southern coast, with Con Son being the largest at 5,700 hectares (14,000 acres). The national park covers an area of 14,000 hectares.
Other Ramsar sites in Vietnam include Xuan Thuy natural wetland reserve in Nam Dinh Province, Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province, Ca Mau Cape National Park in Ca Mau Province, Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) in Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai Province and Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan Province.
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