The southern province of Dong Thap has held a forum on preserving nature and culture for sustainable development in the Mekong River Delta and to receive a certificate recognizing Tram Chim National Park in Tam Nong district as a Ramsar site.
The park has been recognized by the Ramsar Convention as the 2000th Ramsar site of Wetlands of International Importance in the world.
Tram Chim National Park becomes the country’s fourth Ramsar site, after Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the northern province of Nam Dinh, which was recognized in 1988; the Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) Wetlands and Seasonal Floodplains in Cat Tien National Park, selected in 2005; and Ba Be National Park in northern Bac Kan province, recognized in 2011.
Covering an area of 7,588 hectares, the park is home to 130 species of plant, 100 species of vertebrate animals, 40 species of fish, and 147 species of water birds – of which 13 are listed as endangered. The most distinguished resident bird is the Sarus Crane (Grus antigone), which has been recognized as a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red Book./.