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Con Dao recognized as Vietnam’s 6th Ramsar site

The 19,991 hectare Con Dao National Park in the Southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has been officially named as one of 2,203 wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention. This is the sixth Ramsar site and the first sea Ramsar site of Vietnam.
The 19,991 hectare Con Dao National Park in the Southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has been officially named as one of 2,203 wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention. This is the sixth Ramsar site and the first sea Ramsar site of Vietnam.

The island area is home to 144 recorded species, including 28 mammals, 69 birds, 39 reptiles and eight amphibians, many of them are facing a high risk of extinction in the wild such as sea creatures, sea turtles, dolphins and dugongs. The water around Con Dao is the habitat of 1,321 species of flora and fauna, including 37 kinds listed in the Vietnam’s Red Data Book. Its marine ecosystem also consists of mangroves, pristine coral reefs, more than 200 hectares of sea grass beds and the nesting place for some sea turtle species.

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Colorful fishes in coral reef
 
The recognition brings further attention to the island already famous to international and local travelers as one of the best Vietnam beach holiday destinations. Beside the enjoyment of good food, white sand beaches in the sun and the French colonial jail museum, tourists have plenty of opportunities to discover the island’s rich ecological system. Watching sea turtles laying eggs on the sandy beach, observing long-tailed macaques and black squirrels in forests, or exploring mangrove swamps teemed with wildlife are some typical activities that nature enthusiasts can undertake while there.

Note: The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) -- called the "Ramsar Convention" -- is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.


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