Prey Lang Forest Conservation Project Signed

A Trilateral agreement on Prey Lang forest conservation project between the Ministry of Environment, Conservation International, and Mitsui Co., Ltd. of Japan was signed here yesterday to protect and preserve this large lowland evergreen woodland.

H.E. Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State for Environment, presided over the signing ceremony of the three-year (2018-2020) agreement worth US$1.5 million.

Prey Lang covers an area of 431,683 hectares in four provinces � Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, and Kratie. Situated to the west of the Mekong River in north-central Cambodia, its landscape lies within three watersheds: the Stung Sen, Stung Chinit and Siem Bok. It traverses the hydrological divide between the Tonle Sap and Mekong Basins.

Prey Lang Forest is one of world's top ten biodiversity hotspots with almost 1,000 species of flora and fauna. It is a magnificent example of a lowland evergreen forest in the Indo-Burma region. Recorded species include 530 botanicals, 60 mammals, 266 birds, and 67 amphibians and reptiles.

The forest is a watershed for the Tonle Sap Lake, upon which millions of Cambodians and a significant proportion of the national economy depend. In addition, more than 250,000 people live in 340 villages in close proximity to, and within the Prey Lang Forest, many of whom rely directly on the forest landscape for their livelihoods.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press