Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New joint ranger headquarters set up to protect Prey Lang




New joint ranger headquarters set up to protect Prey Lang

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An environment ministry report said the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 431,683ha in Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Kratie and Stung Treng provinces. AKP

New joint ranger headquarters set up to protect Prey Lang

The Ministry of Environment will set up a joint headquarters in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary for rangers to monitor and prevent natural resource crimes and encroachment. It will encompass areas in Kampong Thom, Kratie, and Stung Treng provinces.

Ministry secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra said on Sunday that the headquarters would also oversee the transportation of forest products within Prey Lang.

In addition, it will prevent people from harming Prey Lang wildlife habitats and prevent any forest harvesting in the sanctuary.

Pheaktra said the establishment of the headquarters was a natural resource mechanism that could accommodate almost 100 rangers.

The ministry also discussed building a ranger office with The USAID Greening Prey Lang Project.

The project is a collaborative effort between the ministry and the US Agency for International Development to protect and promote sustainable livelihoods of communities living in the four provinces containing the Prey Lang area.

“These offices will serve as residences for rangers and help them crack down on natural crime,” Pheaktra said.

Another ministry secretary of state Sao Sopheap, led a ministerial working group to inspect the Prey Lang area in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces to find a suitable location for building the joint office on May 7.

The Ministry of Information quoted Sopheap as saying that the office would be used as a place to gather technical resources, law enforcement, and prevention forces.

Preah Vihear provincial environment department director Song Chansocheat, said on Sunday that he had not heard of any plans to set up an office in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary because the top management had not yet informed the province.

But Pheaktra said it was the goal of the environment ministry, rangers and communities of the protected areas to preserve and conserve the natural resources of the Prey Lang area for generations to come.

He said despite all-day blockades and efforts by rangers and members of the protected area communities, small-scale natural resource offences such as logging, encroachment and hunting continue to exist.

“There are various factors contributing to these offences, including locals who have typically made a living on forest products and illegal traders. The number of rangers we have is also limited.

“But we remain highly committed to aggressively preventing and cracking down on crimes that have occurred,” Pheaktra said.

An environment ministry report said the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary covers more than 431,683ha in Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Kratie and Stung Treng provinces.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • Police arrest 29 Chinese for PP kidnapping

    Phnom Penh Military Police arrested 29 Chinese nationals on kidnapping charges on Wednesday. The suspects are said to have abducted three other Chinese nationals from a hotel in Chaktomuk commune, Daun Penh district. The operation took place on Wednesday and was led by two deputy commanders –

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia