Int'l recognition sought for Vietnam's largest lake

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has approved in principle the plan to have the Ba Be National Park included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, the government said.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and concerned agencies have been assigned the task of applying for the inscription in accordance with the Ramsar Convention an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, the government said in a report on its website on Saturday.

The Ba Be National Park in the northern province of Bac Kan was established in 1992, with the 500-hectare Ba Be Lake at its center. The park is home to 299 animal species and 417 plant species.

In 1995, the lake was named one of 20 in the world that needed  to be protected at a global lake convention in the US. The lake is also one of the Heritage Parks of the regional bloc ASEAN, the government's report said. 

The Ramsar Convention came into force in 1975. There are now 160 contracting parties, with Vietnam joining in 1989. The Ramsar List includes 1,904  sites, known as Ramsar Sites, with a total surface of more than 186.5 million hectares.

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