VN003 Vietnam Bird Watching Ha Tien

VN003 Vietnam Bird Watching Ha Tien Criteria: A1 & A3 

Location Vietnam, Kien Giang
Central coordinates 104o 35.00′ East  10o 25.00′ North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 6,981 ha
Altitude 0 – 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Site description Ha Tien is situated in the north-west of the Ha Tien plain, a flat coastal plain, which is one of the last remaining extensive areas of seasonally inundated grassland in the Mekong Delta. The soils in the area have a high acid-sulphate content, which means that the land is marginal for agriculture. The site has been proposed as a nature reserve by BirdLife International but is currently under threat of being converted into agricultural land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis resident 2002 present A1 Critically Endangered

IBA Monitoring

2008 high very unfavourable negligible
Habitat
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops – agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture – industrial aquaculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases – unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals – unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Artificial – terrestrial 6981 1000 15 moderate (70-90%) very unfavourable
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland – edaphic, wet 39%
Wetlands (inland) Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs 7%
Artificial – terrestrial Forestry & agro-industrial plantations; Rice paddies 54%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 14%
forestry 38%
not utilised 48%

Protection status The Ha Tien area was proposed as a nature reserve by BirdLife and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR), following their project to identify key sites for wetland conservation in the Mekong Delta.