13:45 | 30/05/2016 Society
(VEN) - U Minh Thuong National Park in Kien Giang Province has been recognized as Vietnam’s eighth and the world’s 2,228th Ramsar site, providing an opportunity for Vietnam to further promote its image as an attractive destination.
A Dien dien - oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster) in U Minh Thuong (Photo: WWF Vietnam)
According to the Ramsar Convention, U Minh Thuong National Park has achieved the criteria on rare and typical plant and animal species which are part of perse ecosystems threatened or at risk of extinction.
The park is home to 32 species of mammals, 186 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles, 60 species of fish, 203 species of insects and many plant species. 72 species of which have been listed in Vietnam’s Red Data Book and recognized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature such as the Hairy-nosed otter, Fishing Cat, Large-spotted Civet and Fiery Squirrel.
The park is home to some tens of thousands of birds, is the largest bird sanctuary in the Mekong Delta. Tourists may hear birds singing, or by chance, see flocks of cranes flying.
Being recognized as a Ramsar site provides U Minh Thuong with an opportunity to attract international attention and support for research, protection and sustainable use of local ecosystems, especially peat bogs which retain fresh water and prevent the acidification of the topsoil.
The World Wide Fund for Nature in Vietnam will in the coming time work with management agencies at all levels to look for financial and technical support to protect bio-persity, restore peat bogs and develop eco-tourism in the park, while raising local people’s awareness of efficient use and protection of the wetland resources.
The U Minh Thuong National Park is one of Vietnam’s two key peat bog and forest sites (the other is U Minh Ha) with top priority protection in the Mekong Delta.