|Location||Vietnam, Ben Tre|
|Central coordinates||106o 40.00' East 10o 1.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 2m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description This coastal IBA consists of the mouth and riverside areas of the Bai Lai river which opens out onto sandy flats and shallows. These extend for possibly 1km or more at low tide. The sand flats and shallows are backed by sand ridges and recently developed shrimp ponds in what was formerly extensive areas of mangrove forest. The Bai Lai river itself is wide, measuring nearly 1 km, and is edged by sections of organically rich silts deposited on top of sand banks and sand flats. These sections contain eel-grass and other salt tolerant plants and are also backed by a narrow fringe of mangrove. A significant high tide roost has been found at the mouth of the small Con Nhan River, located on a slightly elevated sand ridge area.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii||winter||2000||1 unknown||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Artificial wetlands; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Sand dunes and beaches||-|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Threats to the avian fauna of the site include hunting, bird disturbance, unsustainable harvesting, mangrove conversion and a general decline in water quality and productivity (Niall Moores and Nguyen Phuc Bao Hoa 2001).
Conservation response Further research is recommended to identify whether the relationship between the shorebirds present at the site and the harvesting of local resources by local communities is sustainable (Niall Moores and Nguyen Phuc Bao Hoa 2001).
References Moore, N. and Nguyen Phuc Bao Hoa (2001) Vietnam Mekong Shorebird Site Survey 2000. Wetlands International Asia-Pacific, Can Tho University (Vietnam) and Care International. Unpublished Draft.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ba Tri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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