National park to become Vietnam's fourth Ramsar site

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The Tram Chim National Park will become Vietnam's fourth Ramsar site, a title recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of a wetland and its economic, cultural, scientific and recreational value, according to park authorities.

Nguyen Van Hung, the park's director, told online newspaper VnExpress that the Ramsar Convention Bureau is finalizing procedures to pronounce the park a Ramsar site.

In 1988, the Ramsar Convention Bureau designated Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the northern province of Nam Dinh as Vietnam's first Ramsar site.

In 2005, another Ramsar site was recognized by the treaty organization: the Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) Wetlands and Seasonal Floodplains in the Cat Tien National Park.

In 2011, Ba Be National Park was recognized as Vietnam's third Ramsar site.

Tram Chim National Park 7,588-hectares) is home to 130 species of plant, more than 120 species of freshwater fish, 40 different amphibian and reptile species, and over 200 types of birds of which 16 are listed as endangered.

The most distinguished resident bird is the Sarus crane which has been recognized as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The park is listed among the eight most important conservation areas for birds in Vietnam.

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