Ca Mau Agriculture and Rural Development Department said the World Environment Organisation will announce the official recognition of the park, 13 December.

The 41,862-hectare site, including 15,262 hectares of land and 26,600 hectares of coastal areas, are mainly saline wetlands.

The attraction 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 26 May 2009.

Currently, Vietnam has four Ramsar sites, including two in the north and two in the south.

The northern Ramsar sites are Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in Nam Dinh province and the Ba Be Lake in the mountainous province of Bac Kan, recognised in 1988 and 2011, respectively.

The southern ones are Bau Sau in Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province and Tram Chim National Park in the southern province of Dong Thap, recognised in 2005 and 2012, respectively.

The Convention on Wetland, known as the Ramsar Convention is an inter-governmental treaty that encourages member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands regions.

Vietnam first participated in the Ramsar Convention in 1989.

by Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit - TTR Weekly - November 27, 2012