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Mangroves make money

A REPRESENTATIVE of Peam Krasaob Natural Resources Protection Community reported the project earned 167 million riels (US$40,000) from ticket revenues last year for a protected mangrove area off Koh Kong province. Chut Tith, chief of the community, said the figure probably represented an increase on 2008 – although he was unable to provide data – citing increased flows of tourists to the area, most of whom were Cambodian. The project is targeting $70,000 for 2010, he added, a sum that would be reinvested in the community. Statistics showed 51,400 Cambodian tourists visited last year, and just 2,560 foreigners.



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