Cambodia Preserves Cardamom Genetic Resources

Cambodian Ministry of Environment has recently issued a Prakas, an official announcement, on the preservation of genetic resources of Cardamom.

The Prakas, signed early this week by Minister of Environment H.E. Say Samal, is aimed to locate, protect and conserve the origin of Cardamom genetic resources sustainably.

An area of 506 hectares in Central Cardamom Mountains National Park in O' Som commune, Veal Veng district, Pursat province is to be protected under this Prakas.

Cardamom is a kind of plant that has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic and resinous fragrance. It is typically grown in protected areas.

According to Fauna and Flora International's report, Cardamom is one of 8,260 plant species (10 percent of which may be endemic) along with more than 250 species of amphibian and reptile, 874 fish species and over 500 bird species recorded in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press