The Cambodian Youth Party has requested the government to reconsider the development of the Boeung Prek Toap lake area in Preah Sihanouk province.
More than 16 hectares of Boeung Prek Toap lake was designated as a freshwater conservation area in 2016 by a government sub-decree. The government had aimed to preserve and protect natural beauty, culture, ecology and biodiversity.
In February, the government issued a new sub-decree, carving out 11.50 hectares for development, leaving only about four hectares for conservation.
CYP president Pich Sros, a member of the Supreme Consultative Council, said reclaiming the lake could prove detrimental to its existence. Mr Sros said he was baffled by the government carving out the 11.50 hectares for development.
He is now urging the government to reconsider the move and continue to designate the lake’s entire 16.3 hectares as protected.
“I will raise the issue during a consultative meeting at the end of the month. I will get input from other parties as well,” Mr Sros said. “If we reclaim this lake, it will affect Sihanoukville’s freshwater supply. The lake is also a reservoir during the rainy season.”
The development project has also been criticised by residents in Sihanoukville.
Full story in Wednesday’s paper