Circular No. 18/2004/TT-BTNMT dated August 23, 2004 of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment guiding the implementation of the Decree No. 109/2003/ND-CP dated September 23, 2003 of the Government
THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom – Happiness
Hanoi, August 23, 2004
II. CLASSIFICATION OF WETLANDS
Wetlands mean areas permanently or temporarily submerged in water, running or stagnant, fresh, alum, saline or brackish. Wetlands are classified into coastal wetlands and inland wetlands.
1. Coastal wetlands
Coastal wetlands are
2. Inland wetlands
Inland wetlands are areas submerged in fresh or brackish water, including:
CONSERVATION OF WETLANDS
I. CONSERVATION CRITERIA
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1. The identification of wetlands for conservation under the provisions of Article 1 of the Government's Decree No. 109/2003/ND-CP of September 23, 2003 on conservation and sustainable development of wetlands (hereinafter called Decree No. 109/2003/ND-CP) shall be based on the following criteria:
c/ Being areas where are regularly present over 20,000 water birds or over 1% of the global or regional population of any breed or species;
2.Wetlands which satisfy one of the criteria prescribed at Point 1 of this Section and have over 50% of the area of the natural eco-system shall be zoned off for conservation.
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