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Mondulkiri’s rangers cracked down over 1,500 forest crimes in first nine months

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MoE and park rangers with seized timer in Mondulkiri. Un Rithy

Government’s park rangers in Cambodia’s natural resource-rich province of Mondulkiri have cracked down 1,528 forest crimes in the first nine months of 2020.

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The achievements demonstrated the hard work of the 104 rangers deployed in the northeastern province, said Neth Pheaktra, Spokesperson and Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment when hosting a media trip to the site.

The number of deployed rangers in Mondulkiri still does not meet the actual demand for the service in the province, however, we really appreciated what has been achieved, he added.

According to the secretary of state, there are six main protected areas stretching about one million hectares in Mondulkiri, including Keo Seima, Srepok, Nam Lear, Lumphat, and Phnom Prech wildlife sanctuaries and the northeast biodiversity conservation corridor.

Mr Pheaktra and concerned local authorities also showed participating journalists how the park rangers work and the equipment confiscated through the forest crime combat.

Based on the ministry’s record, Cambodia currently has nearly 70 protected areas and biodiversity corridors, including national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, multi-use areas, Ramsar sites, and other conservation sites covering a total of 7.3 million hectares, or 41 percent of Cambodia’s land area.

The government has deployed some 1,200 rangers to guard those areas. Lim Nary – AKP

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