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Ministry surveys public on ecotourism ideas

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An aerial view of the Cardamom Mountains in Koh Kong province in February. ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY

Ministry surveys public on ecotourism ideas

The Ministry of Environment – through the Cambodia Sustainable Landscape and Ecotourism Project (CSLEP) – has asked the public to contribute ideas to the development of ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountains and the Tonle Sap Lake in Koh Kong, Siem Reap and Kampong Speu provinces.

The input is to develop effective destination vision and investment plans and build the vision and ecotourism development plans in this area, according to a notice posted to the online public validation on the Cardamom Mountains–Tonle Sap Landscape Ecotourism Development plan seen by The Post on April 10.

“The environment ministry, through the CSLEP, would like to invite you to provide us feedback for the Cardamom Mountains and Tonle Sap Landscape Ecotourism Development Plan,” the notice said.

It added that their participation as members of the public in this online validation is vital to assist the team in developing effective destination vision and investment plans for the Peam Krasaop and Tatai wildlife sanctuaries in Koh Kong, the Aural Wildlife Sanctuary and Central Cardamom National Park in Kampong Speu and the Preah Jayavarman-Norodom Phnom Kulen National Park in Siem Reap province.

The public can provide input through the following links; the survey will continue until April 16.

Koh Kong in English: https://forms.gle/wXSxqFvkhgLEeCA16

Siem Reap in English: https://forms.gle/ernbyUsBc4btCxb28

Kampong Speu in English: https://forms.gle/wkMDndeUv1Weo4vz5

CSLEP project manager Khin Meng Kheng said on April 11 that the environment ministry was preparing a strategic plan for ecotourism development in the Cardamom Mountains–Tonle Sap region.

One of the destinations within this landscape that has been prioritised for ecotourism development are the Peam Krasaop and Tatai wildlife sanctuaries.

“This survey was conducted to learn about the views and opinions of the public and solicit various recommendations for the improvement and development of the Peam Krasaop and Tatai wildlife sanctuaries,” he said.

He added that this questionnaire had been designed to inform the public and to help find out more about their perceptions and knowledge of ecotourism development in and around the Peam Krasaop and Tatai wildlife sanctuaries.

He said the public could spend approximately 10-15 minutes of their time contributing their ideas. The survey is voluntary and confidential.

He added that this was an ongoing process that combines the ideas of multiple stakeholders, including the residents of the destinations, public authorities, the private sector and civil society.

As such, the recommendations submitted through this questionnaire are merely suggestions and subject to final approval by the environment ministry.

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