The Ministry of Environment, Koh Kong provincial authorities and local community members have planted 2,500 mangrove trees on ten hectares of land in Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary.
The planting is part of a project that aims to increase mangrove forest cover in the sanctuary, where 50,000 mangrove trees are set to be planted.
Minister of Environment Say Samal led the planting on Saturday and said the trees will help enhance mangrove forest cover as well as respond to climate change.
“The mangrove forests can absorb carbon dioxide, maintain ecosystem balance, biodiversity and national fisheries – a necessary resource for improving living conditions of community members,” he said.Mr Samal noted that the project is part of the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2023.
Koh Kong provincial Governor Mithona Phouthorng said the mangrove forests are very important for biodiversity and to attract tourists.
“The mangrove forests are also the habitat for all kinds of birds, which provincial leaders and the community are dedicated to protect,” she said.
The Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary was established by the government in August 2011 and covers 25,897 hectares.
The area was divided into four zones, including the core zone, protected area, sustainable use area and community area.
In March, environmental protection NGO Mother Nature released a video showing that a company was filling parts of the mangrove forest with sand for development, leading to Prime Minister Hun Sen issuing an order to provincial authorities to take action.