The Koduntey Te Teuk Pus protected area in Kampong Speu province, home to the Souy ethnic community, is to become a tourism site.
Speaking at a meeting with Souy representatives yesterday, Environment Minister Say Samal promised to help the community work with a company that wants to develop the area as an eco-tourism site.
The plan includes a monument representing the Souy ethnicity, a place for worship and a natural vegetable market.
Souy community representative Ven Samin said she was pleased that the minister wanted to help her community.
“If he is lying, the bad luck will only go back on him, so we highly hope that Say Samal will help make Te Teuk Pus a tourism place for visits to help our community,” Ms Samin said.
Ms Samin said the project will help increase the income of locals, elevating their livelihoods and creating more jobs, which is especially important because most people in the community are farmers earning little money.
“When the community becomes a tourism place, it’ll help our culture and traditional dances to be displayed and carried on,” she said.