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Location Vietnam, Kien Giang
Central coordinates 104o 38.00' East  10o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 7,624 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description The IBA is situated in the south 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 site is bisected by a network of canals and has some brackish water characteristics. In the south-west part of the site there is a small area of Melaleuca plantation. At the fringes of the site, the natural habitat has been converted into agricultural land, principally wet rice.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: Silvered Langur Trachypithecus villosus is reported to occur in a neighbouring limestone area, to the east of the site. Some parts of this species' habitat have been designated for cement production (Tran Triet ed. 2001).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni resident  2002  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis non-breeding  2002  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Sarus Crane Antigone antigone non-breeding  2002  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2008 high near favourable negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agriculture and aquaculture marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Pollution air-borne pollutants - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Wetlands (inland)   7624 6328 84 100 near favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, wet  83%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry & agro-industrial plantations; Rice paddies  17%
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 12%
Notes: Permanent Agriculture.
forestry 5%
not utilised 83%

Protection status The site is included on a list of proposed national protected areas, which was submitted to the central government for approval in 2001.

Further web sources of information 

Site account from Directory of Important Bird Areas in Vietnam: key sites for conservation (Tordoff 2002)

References Birdlife International and the Forest Inventory and Planning Instutute (2001) Sourcebook of existing and proposed protected areas in Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.Buckton, S. T., Ngyuyen Cu, Nguyen Duc Tu and Ha Quy Quynh (1999) The conservation of key wetland sites in the Mekong delta. Hanoi: Birdlife International Vietnam programme.Nguyen Duc Tu, Nguyen Cu and Buckton, S. T. (2001) Wetlands and waterbirds in the Mekong Delta. OBC Bulletin 33: 30-33Tran Triet ed. (2001) Proceedings of the workshop: Conservation and utilization of biodiversity resources of the Ha Tien-Kien Luong wetlands, Kien Giang province. Rach Gia 17-19 June 2001. Ho Chi Minh City: College of Natural Sciences, Vietnam National University

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kien Luong. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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