Minister of Environment Mok Mareth officially inaugurated a floating environmental
research station at Prek Toal on the Tonle Sap lake on Jan 9.
The great lake is officially recognized by UNESCO as the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve
which includes the substantial waterbird colony and undisturbed flooded forest at
Minister Mareth and other environmental officials visited the station for the official
opening ceremony. The station, located across the lake from Siem Reap, is designed
to support research activities and other programs related to the sustainable management
of the Biosphere Reserve.
Prek Toal is the largest natural nesting area for large waterbirds in the country
and possibly in the whole of Southeast Asia, according to wildlife officials. Most
large waterbirds that live in neighboring countries breed in Cambodia - most of them
around Prek Toal.
Black-headed ibis, greater adjutant storks, gray-headed fish-eagles, black cranes
and pickle-snouted pelicans are just some of the bird species that nest in the area.