Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ADF set to expand protected zone in Kulen national park



ADF set to expand protected zone in Kulen national park

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tourists are trekking in Phnom Kulen National Park. Hong Menea

ADF set to expand protected zone in Kulen national park

The Archaeology and Development Foundation (ADF) with the support of the Ministry of Environment and UNDP is expanding an existing forest protection area in Phnom Kulen National Park to 800ha.

The plan is to stop deforestation and contribute to the conservation of archaeology and tourism in the area.

“This will help stop deforestation and land use for cashew plantations. It will also help preserve eco-tourism sites such as waterfalls and mountains that bring income to the area,” ADF programme director and archaeology programme manager Dr Jean-Baptiste Chevance told The Post on Monday.

He stressed that the designation of forest areas for conservation and community-based law enforcement is necessary to protect natural resources.

Chevance said the ADF has been working in the Phnom Kulen National Park for more than 12 years.

Provincial Department of Environment director Sun Kong said ADF has been doing a lot in that time to preserve archaeological sites and protect forests.

“In expanding the existing forest protection area in Phnom Kulen National Park, ADF has expanded awareness to the people in the community not to cut down the forest,” Kong said.

ADF’s Administrative, Finance and Communications officer Hoeung Hourapich, said the initiative is part of a project called, Building an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development.

“This work will expand the community protection area,” Hourapich said.

Ministry of Environment secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra said protecting the existing forest in Phnom Kulen National Park contributes to the protection of natural resources in the area and improves the livelihoods of the people in the community.

“The government’s policy is to create local economies and increase incomes to ensure the people have enough money to support their families,” Pheaktra said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as