8:49:54 PM | 27/11/2012
Mui Ca Mau (Ca Mau Cape) National Park in the southernmost province of Ca Mau will be recognised as a new Ramsar site of the world and the fifth in Vietnam.
The World Environment Organisation will announce the official recognition of the park on December 13, according to the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development Department.
The 41,862-hectare site, including 15,262 hectares of land and 26,600 hectares of coastal areas, is flooded with saline land.
It is home to 93 species of birds, 26 species of animals, 43 species of reptiles, nine species of amphibians, 233 fish species, including many rare ones.
The national park is one of the three main parts of the Ca Mau Cape global biosphere reserve, which was recognised by UNESCO on May 26, 2009.
Currently, Vietnam has four Ramsar sites, including two in the northern region and two in the south.
The northern region-based Ramsar sites are Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in Nam Dinh province and the Ba Be Lake in the mountainous province of Bac Kan, which were recognized in 1988 and 2011, respectively.
The southern ones are Bau Sau in the Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province and Tram Chim National Park in southern province of Dong Thap which were recognized in 2005 and 2012, respectively.