Dong Nai

Dong Nai, is the new name of the former Cat Tien Biosphere Reserve, which was designated in 2001. Two new core zones have been added to the site, bringing its total area to 966,563 ha. The rationale for the extension of the site is based on the challenges posed by socio-economic development. Under the guidance of the People’s Committee of Dong Nai Province, increased collaboration among different stakeholders will help to strengthen coordination and management processes for the entire biosphere reserve, thus reconciling multi-goal conservation and development objectives.

Declaration Date: 2001, Extension 2011
Surface Area: 966,563 ha
Administrative Division: Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Dac Nong and Lam Dong Provinces


Human Activities

  • One of the most beautiful eco-region in the country, ecotourismis encouraged to develop
  • There are eleven ethnic groups to implement the communityforestry, environmentally sound farming techniqueand handicraft production
  • Small scale irrigation systems for improving cultivationand indigenous species rehabilitation are encouraging  

Ecological Characteristics

© UNESCO/P. Chiang-Joo

Covering a huge area in 4 provinces, including the second ramsar site, national park and proposed world heritage, the Cat Tien is the last remaining sizeable lowland tropical rainforest in southern Vietnam, with a relatively intact gradient to montane forest ecosystems of the Dalat Plateau, including a mosaic of other habitats such as wetlands and grasslands.

Beside the most endangered species of Java Rhinoceros, there are 38 genetic protection, 22 species of endemic and 550 species for medicinal values and others. There are many different habitats coexist, ranging from lowland forests via riverine forests to montane forests. The area is important habitat for mammals, birds, reptiles and fish including many endangered and threatened species, and also provides watershed protection and flash-flood control.

Protection Classification

At the national level Cat Tien national Park, Bau Sau Ramsar Site, Proposed World Heritage

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