On 27 November 2015, at Long An, Lang Sen Wetland Reserve was awarded recognition as Viet Nam’s seventh Ramsar Site.
Attending the ceremony were Mr. Nguyen The Dong (Deputy General Director of Environment), Mr. Tran Van Can (Permanent Deputy Secretary, Long An Province), Mr. Nguyen Ba Phuoc (Vice Chairman, Long An Provincial People's Council), Mr. Nguyen Thanh Nguyen (Deputy Chairman, Long An) and representatives of IUCN, the units under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Committee, departments Long An province, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of the Mekong Delta provinces.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Nguyen The Dong highlighted Lang Sen’s mosaic of habitats such as Melaleuca forest and seasonally inundated grassland, as well as 129 species of birds, including many rare species. He said that the designation of the site as a Ramsar Site had a very important meaning, and that it is both the pride and responsibility of the leaders and people of Long An province to preserve and promote the value of wetlands.
Lang Sen Wetland Reserve is the inland basins of the Plain of Reeds in the Lower Mekong Basin. The reserve was established in 2004 with over 4,800 ha area, under 3 communes Vinh Loi, Vinh Chau, Vinh Chau A. The Lang Sen Wetlands supports a diversity of habitats, including a natural system of rivers and canals. It is the habitat of more than 156 species of wild plants; 149 species of vertebrate of which 13 species are in the Red Book of Vietnam.
On this occasion, the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands sent a congratulatory letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Long An province and hope that the beautiful Lang Sen Ramsar Site continues to maintain and promote its ecological values to bring benefits to local people and tourists.
Author: Tran Ngoc Cuong, Biodiversity Conservation Agency and Government CEPA National Focal Point