The second phase of the zero-snaring campaign in protected areas was launched on March 3 in the presence of Ministry of Environment secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra. The first phase of the campaign was considered a "resounding success".

Joining him at the event were Loy Sophat -- chairman of the National Assembly's Commission on Planning, Investment, Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Water Resources -- and commission member Khut Chandara, among other officials.

The ministry said the zero-snaring campaign aims to strengthen support for the collection of resources to support the strengthening, protection and conservation of natural resources. It also aims to eliminate the illegal wildlife trade and reduce the number of snares, through local economic development.

In addition, it attempts to change people’s attitudes to bush meat consumption.

The second phase of the campaign will run for five months, from March 3 to July, in Pursat, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, Battambang, Pailin and Siem Reap provinces.

Pheaktra said the launch coincided with National Cultural Day, but was also World Animal Day, marked with the theme “Partnership for Wildlife Conservation”.

The first phase of the campaign was launched on the same day last year in Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kampong Chhnang and Ratanakkiri provinces.

“Currently, Cambodia is in a new context of sustaining timber for income through the sale of carbon credits and eco-tourism.

“The zero-snaring campaign would not succeed without the full participation of all relevant parties,” he said.