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Tra Su wetlands in the Mekong delta losing its biodiversity due to drought

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Rung-tram-Tra-su, Vietnam

Rung-tram-Tra-su, Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Tan Tin.

Three large rivers flow through the Mekong delta province of An Giang in Vietnam: the Hau, Tien and Vam Co Rivers. The entire province is dotted by a number of seasonally flooded small islands. The delta province’s rivers, canals, and rich wetlands forests have proved attractive for tourism with about 6.2 million people visiting An Giang every year.

The province mainly promotes “agro-tourism” that is based on the province’s wetlands and its fishing and farming culture and practices including weaving and the fruit and vegetable gardens. But the most well-known tourist attraction is the province’s Tra Su wetland forests.

The Tra Su wetland forests cover more than 850 hectares. The wetlands holds an extraordinary range of biodiversity of plants, fish, and wetland birds and animals such as storks, herons, egrets, snakes, turtles and many kinds of bats.

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