The Ministry of Environment has recognised nine new natural protected communities in Mondulkiri province.
The purpose of these communities is to ensure the stability of local ecosystems and the protection of the natural habitat in the region.
Environment undersecretary of state Khan Rithykun said that experts had been sent after the ministry received requests from various local communities in Mondulkiri.
Experts’ evaluations led to the recognition by the government of the nine new natural protected communities in Sre Pok Wildlife Sanctuary on Wednesday.
“Communities play an important role in directly protecting and preserving natural resources sustainably,” Mr Rithykun said.
The nine communities are located in Pech Chreada and Koh Nhek district of the Sre Pok Wildlife Sanctuary including the Tulung, Praing Kaerm, Pu Chrey, Krang Rapuk, Ou L’ngeav, Ou Chhoul, Malerl Kangpros and Youk Namram areas.
According to a Ministry of Environment report earlier this year, the ministry was working to recognise 17 natural protected communities in Mondulkiri, Pursat and Kampong Speu provinces, in addition to 151 recognised communities, covering 248,857 hectares, with the participation of 36,058 people, equivalent to 270 villages.
Also on Wednesday, the government issued a sub-decree to establish the “Phnom Neang Kong Rey-Phnom Touk Meas” multi-purpose area in Kompong Chhnang province on a land area of 5,063 hectares and the “Sorsor Sdam Sat Toar” multi-purpose area in Kratie province on an area of 839 hectares.
These communities are to promote environmental stability, reduction of climate change and natural disaster risk, natural products for use by the community, and the conservation of natural resources.