Con Dao National Park is implementing a number of biodiversity conversation strategies that will have a global and national impact, Tran Dinh Hue, Vice Director of the park, said.

Con Dao National Park, which spans 19,991 hectares, comprises 14 islands 80km off the coast of southern Vietnam.

The park, one of the world’s 2,203 Ramsar sites, supports a range of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems that are typical of the geographic region, including two different forest ecosystems. Its aquatic ecosystems, mangrove forests, coral reefs and marine grass, are inhabited by 1,725 aquatic species.

As many as 1,077 species of flora and fauna have been recorded in the terrestrial ecosystems, including 23 species listed in the Red Data Book of Vietnam, and four species that were first discovered in Vietnam and are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The park is home to 85 species of birds, 29 species of mammals, 38 species of reptiles, and 8 species of amphibians. The diversity of ecosystems has received extensive attention from scientists.

The park’s geographic features make the archipelago a great destination for coastal tourism. Con Dao island, along with the central coastal cities of Da Nang, Nha Trang and Quy Nhon, and southern Phu Quoc island, was recently recognised as a magnet for domestic tourists.

The ongoing biodiversity conservation efforts, such as protecting and increasing the size of forest areas and using natural resources efficiently, play a crucial role in ensuring sustainable development throughout the archipelago.

Con Dao National Park was listed in the Global Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, published by the World Bank, in 1995. The New York Times rated the park as one of the most impressive spots in South East Asia in 2010 while Lonely Planet Magazine placed Con Dao island amongst the world’s top ten islands for a romantic holiday in 2011 and 2012.-VNA