The Xe Champhone Wetlands is one of Lao PDR’s first two sites to be recognised under
the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Significance. Xe Champhone
Wetlands cover an area of 12,400 hectares (ha), with core areas amounting to 1,500 ha.
The wetlands are a large plain containing perennial and seasonal rivers as well as
scattered lakes, ponds, fresh water marshes, and rice paddy fields. These become
interconnected during the wet season, and the wetlands complex extends into other
wetlands areas, including Nong Luang, Kout Koung and Kout Koke. The northern part of
Xe Champhone includes rice paddy fields and two large reservoirs, while the southern
part contains extensive vegetation, including open woodland, mixed semi-evergreen
forest, as well as shrubs and grasses.
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