The Military Command in the southern province of Dong Thap has deployed nearly 100 soldiers responsible for preventing and fighting forest fires that may occur at the Tram Chim National Park during the dry season.

Accordingly, the force will increase patrols at hotspots prone to wildfires and illegal trespassing.

Measures against forest fires also include building fire belts and raising residents’ awareness of forest protection.

Located in the provincial Tam Nong district, the park boasts rich biodiversity that saw it chosen as the world’s 2,000 th Ramsar site in 2012.

Established in 1985, the 7,313-hectare Tram Chim became a national park in 1998 and the fourth Ramsar site in Vietnam in 2012.

Tram Chim is home to 198 bird species, including 16 rare ones such as red-headed cranes, black-faced spoonbills, black eagles, great-billed herons and spotted-billed pelicans. It is recognised as an important bird sanctuary in Vietnam.-VNA