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Environment Ministry releases report on natural resource crimes

Khmer Times Staff / Khmer Times Share:
Oriental pied horn bills are rescued by Wildlife Alliance rangers from being trafficked for illegal pet trade. Wildlife Alliance Cambodia

The Ministry of Environment released an 18th month report stating 747 wildlife have been rescued and 206 wild animals were found dead in the Cardamom Mountains.

The report covers activities from January last year to June this year.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra told Khmer Times yesterday that the rangers stopped 171 illegal land grabbing cases, filed 205 criminal cases in courts, fined 277 offenders, dismantled 983 illegal huts and seized 2,179 cubic metres of timber and 1,954 chainsaws.

A pangolin is rescued by rangers. Wildlife Alliance Cambodia

“The ministry rangers sent 87 offenders to court, removed 32,322 snares and seized 169 vehicles, 43 tractors and bulldozers, 173 motorcycles and 271 mini tractors,” he said.

“The provinces of Koh Kong, Pursat and Kampong Speu work in collaboration with the Wildlife Alliance (WA), which focuses on protecting the environment and natural resources in the Cardamom Mountains,” he added.

The Ministry of Environment and WA signed a memorandum of understanding for the protection and conservation of the Cardamom Mountains, which covers 1.4 million hectares.

This protected land includes Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary, Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, South Cardamom Mountain National Park, Central Cardamom Mountain National Park and Botum Sakor National Park.

“The participation of WA helps prevent natural resource crimes and maintain, protect and conserve natural resources and biodiversity in the Kingdom,” Pheaktra said.

This effort has made the protected areas secure with all kinds of crime greatly reduced, including deforestation and poaching, he added.

Rescued monkeys are released in a protected area. Wildlife Alliance Cambodia

“This effective and efficient protection of natural resources has enabled Cambodia to sell carbon credit to reduce environmental pollution and adaptation of forest degradation in the Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary and the Southern Cardamom Mountains National Park,” Pheaktra said.

The ministry of environment is currently managing 69 protected areas on spanning 7.3 million hectares.

Suwanna Gauntlett, Founder and CEO Wildlife Alliance, could not be reached for comment yesterday.


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