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Government designates Lumkod lake as protected

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The lake and its surrounding area will be patrolled by forest rangers. Supplied

The government has decided to set up a protected area of more than 100 hectares in Ratanakkiri province to protect the environment, biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources.

A sub-decree, dated December 25 and published by the Environment Ministry yesterday, said the government decided to designate Lumkod lake as a landscape protected area covering 110.91 hectares in Lumphat district’s Seda commune.

It said the aim is to maintain environmental equilibrium, biodiversity conservation, natural resources and natural beauty protection and ensure sustainable use of natural products.

“Another aim is to preserve the culture, tradition, development and the cultural significance of local communities,” the sub-decree added.

However, the sub-decree stated that the Lumkod lake landscape protected area does not include private land and land used in the public’s interest.

Neth Pheaktra, a secretary of state and ministry spokesman, yesterday said that the Lumkod lake area is rich in natural resources, including forests, wildlife, beautiful landscapes and ecosystems.

He said it is currently attracting tourists, which is why the ministry requested it to be designated as a landscape protected area.

“The designation of Lumkod lake as a landscape protected area will help to protect this area from illegal land encroachment, protect its natural resources and provide the benefits of eco-tourism to the community around the area,” he said.

Mr Pheaktra said that following the designation of the lake as a landscape protected area, the ministry will put up poles to clearly demarcate its boundaries and make plans to preserve it, such as deploying rangers to protect natural resources, prevent deforestation and stop illegal wildlife hunting.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry has revamped the National Permanent Secretariat which is tasked with preventing and cracking down on the cutting, transportation, collecting, stocking and exporting of rosewood, a rare species in Cambodia.

Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said in a letter on January 4 that there would be 12 people from relevant ministries and institutions including a chairman, three vice-chairmen, a permanent member, six members and a secretary tasked with running the secretariat.

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