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Construction of national park in Mondulkiri begins

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Bou Sra Waterfall
Bou Sra Waterfall near Sen Monorom in the Mondulkiri province in Cambodia's east. Picture taken on 16 March 2011. wikimedia/Dtfman

Construction of Mondulkiri’s first major national park began on Tuesday with a budget of $10 million.

Sen Monorom Recreational Park will be located on a 20-hectare site that used to be an airport.

Svay Sam Eang, the provincial governor, said it will be a Khmer-style park, with numerous plant species that represent the province’s climate, culture, identity, and indigenous peoples.

The park will also boast a large garden, a gym and a monument complete with water displays, he said.

Mr Sam Eang said the park will be built with the help of national and international donors. Construction will take 24 months, he added.

“The park will serve the interest of the local people and attract international and local tourists.

“With the country experiencing a period of peace and development in all areas, the local authorities and the private sector are collaborating to build this park for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Sam Eang said.

Ho Vandy, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, said the park will be an important addition to the ecotourism sector in the province.

“It will help diversify the tourism sector in the province and give more options to tourists. The park will serve to showcase the province’s natural resources, indigenous cultures, and the national identity,” Mr Vandy said.

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