The Hanoitimes - The recognition was adopted at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13).
The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on May 22 handed over a certificate of recognition of the Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve in the northern province of Ninh Binh as Vietnam’s ninth Ramsar site, the government portal reported.
With this recognition, the Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve is now the 2,360th Ramsar site in the world. The recognition will help Vietnam call for international support to research, conserve and sustain the wetland eco-system amid challenges from climate change.
Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve.
The recognition was adopted at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) held at the Festival Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in October 2018.
Van Long straddles seven communes of Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province and is one of the few intact wetland areas remaining in the Red River Delta. It is centered on a block of limestone karst outcrops that rise from the flat coastal plains of northern Vietnam. Van Long is not only a natural reserve of wetlands but also a famous place for its cultural relics.
In the Van Long forest, there are 457 species of flora, 8 species have been recorded in Vietnam Red list. Among 39 species of animals, 12 are considered as rare animals such as the langur, the chamois, the Bengal slow Loris, the Asian black bear, and the stump-tailed macaque. The forest is also home to the king cobra, the water monitor, the oriental Rat snake, and various lizards, among others.
The other eight Ramsar sites in Vietnam are U Minh Thuong National Park, Tram Chim National Park, Mui Ca Mau National Park, Tam Dao National Park, Xuan Thuy National Park, Ba Be Lake, Lang Sen Wetland Reserve and Bau Sau Wetland in Cat Tien National Park.
Ramsar, or the Convention of Wetlands, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. It was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975.