The Ministry of Environment has finished measuring the border of Preah Vihear province’s Phnom Tbeng natural heritage site, where more than 20,000 hectares are now protected.
The site has been created in a bid to prevent forest crimes, forest clearing to grab land, and building of illegal constructions. It will be officially demarcated in early 2018.
Phok Panha, director of the Environment Ministry’s Department of Heritage, yesterday said the demarcation work set to completed in early 2018 would ensure the area was protected from poachers and loggers.
“The Phnom Tbeng natural heritage site is rich in natural resources,” he said. “If there is no sub-decree to protect it, there will be powerful, wealthy people that will plunder it.”
After border demarcation, which will include 53 border posts, the Ministry of Environment and its partners will prepare a report to disseminate the benefits of the heritage site to local authorities and people in the area.
Mengey Eng, a communication officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which is aiding the ministry, said work on protecting the site had been going smoothly.
“After the official border post demarcation, we will be able to avoid logging, land grabbing, and help the rangers to better patrol the area,” he said.
The Phnom Tbeng natural heritage site covers 25,269 hectares and was set as a protected area by the government under the management of the Ministry of Environment in September 2016.