Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Wildlife conservation strengthened

Wildlife conservation strengthened

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The objective of the visit is to inspect a conservation project geared towards saving wild animals and promoting livelihoods. Heng Chivoan

Wildlife conservation strengthened

Ministry of Environment secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra led a group of journalists, government officials, NGO and non-profit organisation employees to visit the Kulen Promtep and Chheb wildlife sanctuaries in Preah Vihear province on Tuesday.

The objective was to inspect a conservation project geared towards saving wild animals and promoting livelihoods.

The more than 20 journalists from 13 institutions and officials from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the USAID Greening Prey Lang Project (USAID GLP) will visit a Bengal Florican Conservation Area located in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces on Wednesday.

Pheaktra said: “The visit is to learn about and inspect the progress of the project, which aims to save wild animals. We will take a census of vultures on June 10 and visit the Bengal Florican Conservation Area north of Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces.”

He said the project focused on the conservation of the giant ibis, an endangered bird. Methods of conservation include offering locals alternatives such as farming organic rice instead of cutting down forests and hunting animals for income.

In a joint press release published by USAID, WCS, and the ministry on Tuesday, Veena Reddy, the USAID/Cambodia mission director, said: “We are pleased to continue our support, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We will help to create jobs, improve livelihoods, and conserve Cambodia’s natural and cultural heritage in and around Cambodia’s protected areas by supporting organic and wildlife-friendly rice production and community-based ecotourism.”

During the visit, the delegation will participate in a signing ceremony of a grant extension provided by USAID GPL to Sansom Mlup Prey (SMP), a local sustainable agriculture organisation which promotes wildlife-friendly agriculture in communities living in and around Cambodia’s protected areas.

The country programme director for WCS Cambodia Ken Sereyrotha told The Post on Tuesday that the visit was a special opportunity to see firsthand the effects of the conservation project.

The USAID GPL project is a five-year programme that promotes resilient, low-emission development and inclusive sustainable management in the Prey Lang Extended Landscape through a focus on communities, conservation, and improved governance.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol