Van Ban

Country/territory: Vietnam

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2002)
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Area: 60,000 ha

BirdLife International in Vietnam
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 unfavourable high medium
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Site description (2002 baseline)
Van Ban district is located in the southeast corner of Lao Cai province and abuts the adjacent Yen Bai province on its southern and eastern borders. This IBA encompasses part of the Hoang Lien mountain chain which includes the nearby Fan Si Pan IBA. The district covers an area of 143,927 ha and is estimated to contain around 10,000 ha of forest, much of which is primary evergreen forest. This is considered to be one of the largest expanses of forest north of Hanoi remaining in the country (Long et al. 2000). The majority of the district is mountainous and lies above 700 m asl.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The presence of other globally threatened species of mammal has been confirmed by Long et al. (2000) including Chrotogale owstoni, Lutra lutra, Macaca arctoides, M. assamensis and Nomascus concolor. Several other species including Ursus thibetanus and U. malayanus were also provisionally listed for the area by Long et al. (2000). In addition, the presence of the threatened conifer, Fokenia hodginsii, has been recorded by Long et al. (2000) and Tordoff et al. (2002).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Van Ban. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.