Can Gio

Country/territory: Vietnam

IBA criteria met: A1 (2002)
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Area: 75,740 ha

BirdLife International in Vietnam
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 very unfavourable medium medium
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Site description (2002 baseline)
This IBA comprises Can Gio Man and the Biosphere Reserve in the coastal zone of Ho Chi Minh City. The area is situated in a recently formed estuary complex of tidal flats, where the Vam Co, Saigon and Dong Nai rivers discharge into the sea. The topography of Can Gio is low-lying and dynamic. The site is divided by a network of canals and rivers. The major habitat types found at Can Gio are plantation mangorve and naturally regenerating mangrove. The mudflats and sandbanks at the site are an important habitat for migratory shorebirds. There are several threats to biodiversity arising from the local population, the most significant of which are cutting mangrove trees for timber and fuelwood, and conversion of mangrove forest into aquacultural ponds.

Key biodiversity
Several globally threatened and near-threatened waterbird species have been recorded at Can Gio, including Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer and Spot-billed Pelican Pelcanus philippensis.

Non-bird biodiversity: Can Gio is reported to support a population of Long-tailed Macaque Macaca fascicularis (Anon., 1998).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Can Gio. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.