Cambodia Formulates a Marine National Park in Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong

Islands in coastal provinces of Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong have been included in the formulation of Cambodia's first marine national park, according to a Facebook post by the Ministry of Environment.

Sub-decree to establish the park was officially approved recently by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in response to the proposal from the Ministry of Environment.

As underlined in the sub-decree, the namely Koh Rong marine national park with a total of 52,448 hectares � about 90 percent of which is the sea � does not include private land and areas used for public benefits.

Islands included in the park are Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, Koh Koun, Koh Touch, Koh Tatiem, Koh Mnoas Krav, and Koh Mnoas Knong.

The creation of the national park intends to preserve the scenery, culture, and ecology and biodiversity of the areas, to provide natural products and services for sustainable use, and to stabilise the environment in contribution to the reduction of climate change and natural disaster risks.

It is also expected that the formation of the park will promote community participation as well as the public to join in the effort for natural resource management.

ource: Agency Kampuchea Press