Announcing Vietnam’s fourth Ramsar site

24 February 2012 | News story

On World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2012, the Ramsar Secretariat notified Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Ramsar Focal Point, that it had accepted Tram Chim as a Ramsar site. This is Vietnam’s 4th Ramsar site after Xuan Thuy, Bau Sau, and Ba Be, and the 2,000th site to be nominated globally.

Tram Chim National Park supports one of the last remnants of the Plain of Reeds wetland ecosystem, which previously covered some 700,000 hectares of Dong Thap, Long An, and Tien Giang Provinces. The site supports large areas of seasonally inundated grassland, regenerating melaleuca forest, and open swamp. Melaleuca forest is distributed throughout the site, both as plantations and as scattered, natural patches in areas of grassland or open swamp. Large populations of waterbirds use the site, particularly in the dry season, when thousands of waterfowl visit. Tram Chim is famous for the population of Eastern Sarus Crane (Grus antigone sharpie) which inhabits the Ramsar Site during the dry season and is an important tourist attraction.

Tram Chim meets five of the nine criteria for site selection under the Ramsar Convention: on representation of the site in the biome, importance of the site for globally threatened species, congregations of waterbirds, and importance for supporting fish fauna. IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogue (MWD) is very pleased to have assisted MONRE with the preparation of the Ramsar nomination.

Click HERE for Tram Chim National Park' s certificate as Ramsar site.