Cambodia Creates a New Wildlife Sanctuary

AKP Phnom Penh, April 11, 2018 –

The Royal Government of Cambodia has recently issued a sub-decree to establish a new wildlife sanctuary in Oddar Meanchey, a northwestern province.

Called Sangrukhavoan Wildlife Sanctuary, the newly established wildlife sanctuary, to be under the management of the Ministry of Environment, covers a total land area of 30,254 hectares in Anlong Veng and Chongkal districts and Samrong city, according to the sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on April 5, 2018.

The establishment of this new wildlife sanctuary is aimed to protect natural habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity and other natural resources, to maintain environmental balance and contribute to the reduction of climate change and natural disasters in the country and the region, it added.

The sub-decree also encouraged local communities as well as all stakeholders to participate in the protection, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

Cambodia therefore has currently 20 wildlife sanctuaries covering more than 3 million hectares in the provinces of Battambang, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Pursat, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Rattanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Stung Treng and Koh Kong.

Besides, up to now, there are in total 46 natural protected areas and 3 biodiversity conservation corridors of more than 7.3 million hectares in the Kingdom.

By Khan Sophirom

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