Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New Tonle Sap eco-tourism network to be established soon

New Tonle Sap eco-tourism network to be established soon

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tourists board a boat to view Tonle Sap Lake in the province of Siem Reap's Kompong Phluk Commune. POST STAFF

New Tonle Sap eco-tourism network to be established soon

The “Tonle Sap Eco-Tourism Network” will be established on the occasion of the 3rd National Ecotourism Forum on November 21 and 22 2023, said Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, on October 27, at the closing ceremony for a workshop on the establishment of the forum, held at the ministry.

The workshop brought together the leaders of ministries and institutions, members of the National Committee for Management and Development of Community-Based Tourism and Ecotourism, provincial deputy governors, and district administration officials of the six provinces around the Tonle Sap Lake. Jane Wilding, the executive director of BritCham Cambodia and Yok Seng Long, the executive director of Fisheries Action Coalition Team, and others, were also in attendance.

Khon said the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, is the heart of Cambodia. It is priceless for its contribution to society, the economy, culture and the environment. The uniqueness of the Tonle Sap Lake is that it absorbs water from the Mekong River in the rainy season and releases them back in the dry season, a rare hydrological phenomenon.

“This phenomenon has created large wetlands and flooded forests, which provide habitats for biodiversity such as fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and many species of plants,” he said.

“These factors create many opportunities for local economic development and the harmonization of sustainable economic, social and environmental and inclusive development. The lake also enhances Cambodia’s prestige on the international stage,” he added.

Thong Khon, who is also the head of the National Committee for Management and Development of Community-Based Tourism and Ecotourism, set five additional work directions for the Secretariat of the National Committee.

First, it must support the establishment of the Tonle Sap Lake Ecotourism Network, which will be an institutional mechanism under the committee and the Tonle Sap Ecotourism Network, also known as the TEN Network.

Second, the Secretariat of the National Committee must cooperate with its partners to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding, which will be signed with the TEN Network at next year’s National Ecotourism Forum.

Third, the Secretariat must organise the working mechanisms of the network to ensure efficiency and sustainability. In particular, it must develop a comprehensive work plan and clear implementation mechanism.

Fourth, the minister requested that institutions and development partners from national and international organisations that will be the founders or members of this network offer support for the operation of the network, both technically and financially.

Fifth, he called on development partners, national and international organisations to provide technical and financial support for the Ministry of Tourism and the National Committee on the implementation of projects relating to ecotourism and community.

Khon announced that he would support and coordinate the implementation of projects relating to ecotourism and communities. Chuk Chumnor, chairman of the Secretariat of the National Committee would help coordinate the preparation of activities.


  • Second Hungary business forum set for H2

    Cambodia has asked Hungary to provide GSP- (Generalised System of Preferences) Plus facilities for when the Kingdom sheds its least-developed country (LDC) label, as the two countries prepare to hold a second business forum in the second half (H2) of this year to expand trade

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports

  • CPP sets out five primary strategic goals for 2023-28

    The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on January 29 concluded its two-day extraordinary congress, setting the party’s priority goals for 2023-2028. The ruling party’s congress was attended by more than 3,000 members from across the Kingdom, including the members of the permanent and central committees,

  • Nearly 50 states join Kun Khmer Federation, all set for training

    In a little over a week, the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) has accepted membership requests from 20 new nations, in addition to the exiting 29. The sudden influx of international recognition stems from the Kingdom’s successful introduction of Kun Khmer to the 32nd Souheast Asian (