Minister of Environment Say Samal has announced plans to enhance infrastructure in two key protected areas to boost local livelihoods and sustainable tourism.
The initiative focuses on the communities of Sre Ampil Natural Waterfall in Kampong Chhnang province and Chrok La Eang Waterfall in Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary in Pursat province.
This announcement was made during a field visit by the minister, along with a delegation from the ministry and representatives of construction companies, to the areas on July 9.
The planned upgrades aim to link tourism development with nature, aligning with the government’s policy. The improvements include the construction of food stalls, small cottages, bathrooms, parking lots, camping spots, parks and sidewalks.
“This project will not only attract domestic and international tourists, but also uplift community livelihoods by reducing reliance on non-timber forest products and hunting,” said Samal.
He added that the organisation of infrastructure in these protected areas is crucial for the preservation and effective use of natural resources.
Kampong Chhnang governor Sun Sovannarith endorsed the minister’s initiative, emphasising that the infrastructure developments will connect the two tourism communities, ease tourist travel and offer a variety of services to save time.
“This initiative will elevate and enhance the tourism sector in Kampong Chhnang province,” Sovannarith said.
He highlighted that the local community could benefit economically by selling agricultural products to tourists.
The provincial administration is committed to increasing collaboration with the environment ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to expedite the construction of infrastructure in these natural communities.