13 New Community-Protected Areas Approved in Sanctuary

The Environment Ministry has approved 13 new community-protected areas in the Phnom Sam­kos Wildlife Sanctuary in the Car­damom Mountains, con­ser­vation NGO Fauna and Flora In­ternational announced Nov 21.

Five community-protected areas in Pursat province’s Anlong Reap commune in Veal Veng district were recently approved and eight other areas were created earlier this year in Veal Veng district and Battam­bang province’s Samlot district, FFI said in a statement.

In community-protected areas, the local population participates in the management of land, natural re­sources and protected forest, Oum Sony, head of community and environment for FFI’s Cardamom Moun­­­tain Wildlife Sanctuaries Pro­ject, said Nov 23.

The protected areas, which were established in a joint effort by FFI and the Environment Ministry, would “actively involve the community in protecting forest habitat and reduce the threat of land grab[s],” as well as balance conservation with local livelihood needs, the re­lease said.

“The area will become more safe,” Oum Sony said, adding that communities would be informed aboutland grabbing.and the sustainable use of natural resources.

(Additional reporting by Kim Chan)

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