The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has sent a document to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to designate the Can Giao Conservation Forest as a Ramsar Site (the core and buffer zone of the Can Giao Mangrove Biosphere Reserve).
As per preliminary reports, the conservation forest of Can Geo district meets 4/8 of the criteria for nomination for Ramsar site. Specifically, a forest contains a unique, rare, and representative sample of natural or near-natural wetlands in a particular biogeographic region.
According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) standards, whether a geoconservation forest can support a critically endangered, endangered or near-endangered species, or a threatened biome. Provide regular support (providing food, shelter) to 20,000 or more water birds.
Finally, meet the criteria of providing an important food source for fish species, breeding, feeding and/or providing migratory routes through which fish species can spread to wetlands or elsewhere under specific conditions.
With approximately 35,000 hectares of mangrove forest area, the Conservation Forest of Can Geo District has rich and diverse ecosystems. It is the home and habitat of many wild animals and plants of economic and scientific value. To contribute great values in economic and social development, environmental protection, stabilizing the life of local residents as well as surrounding areas.
Can Gio is also associated with the wetland mangrove ecosystem that was restored after the war and recognized by UNESCO as the first world biosphere reserve in Vietnam.
The recognition of Can Giao Conservation Forest as a Ramsar site will build prestige for Ho Chi Minh City, expanding domestic and international cooperation ties on effective management of wetlands.
On the other hand, it will help Ho Chi Minh City in particular and Vietnam in general to have a voice in international forums. Access to a wealth of information for sustainable management and use of wetlands contributing to socio-economic development.
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