The U Minh Thuong National Park in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang on August 12 received a certificate recognising it as an ASE AN Heritage Park.

Established in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 11/QD-TTg dated January 14, 2002 , the park is a peat wetland area surrounded by a 60km-length dyke.

Covering an area of nearly 3,000 ha, the park is home to 243 plant species, 32 species of animals, 39 species of reptiles and 34 species of fish .

The park is also the haven of a great number of rare and endangered bird species. A total of 187 bird species have been recorded here, including the oriental darter, spot-billed pelican, black-headed ibis, glossy ibis , greater spotted eagle and Asian golden weaver.

During the wartime, the park was a base of the revolutionary army.

The locality is making every effort to preserve and restore natural resources in the Park.

At the ceremony to receive the certificate, the Kien Giang provincial People’s Committee was urged to build a dossier for the park to apply for recognition as a Ramsar site.-VNA