15 Royal Turtles Released into Sre Ambel River System in Koh Kong Province

Fifteen (15) critically endangered Royal Turtles were released into the Sre Ambel River System in Koh Kong province on Mar. 31.

The release was made by the collaboration between the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Koh Kong provincial administration, Mandai Nature and partner organisations, as well as local authorities.

According to the FiA’s press release, 11 out of 15 released individuals were attached with acoustic transmitters and microchips to detect the survivorship after the release.

The Royal Turtle, also known as the Southern River Terrapin, is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was believed to be extinct until a small population was rediscovered in the Sre Ambel River in 2000, the same source added.

This release marks over two decades of conservation efforts, including nest protection and community-based conservation with the financial support of the Royal Government of Cambo
dia, Mandai Nature, Turtle Survival Alliance, Allan and Patricia Koval Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service.

So far, 182 Royal turtles have been released.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

His Majesty the King Calls for Collaboration between Legislative and Executive Bodies

His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, has asked the legislative and executive bodies to mobilise their forces to carry out their historic mission in the seventh legislature.

‘I would like to request the legislature body and the Royal Government to unite as a whole to carry out the historic mission of the Seventh Legislature towards more glorious success for our beloved motherland on the basis of solidarity, national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the monarch said in a royal message for the opening ceremony of the second session of the seventh legislature of National Assembly (NA) held here at the NA Palace this morning.

His Majesty the King also commended NA President Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei Khuon Sudary for her outstanding leadership and intelligence in fulfilling the NA’s three core functions, including legislation, legal and policy enforcement monitoring, and highly responsible representation.

At the same time, the monarch prais
ed all the members of the seventh legislature of NA as outstanding dignitaries who have rich experience in leading the Kingdom of Cambodia towards progress, prosperity and harmony.

In the past three months, besides the three core functions, the seventh legislature of NA has been active in foreign affairs in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks aimed at strengthening, expanding and promoting parliamentary diplomacy.

According to the NA, parliamentary diplomacy plays a key role in contribution to fostering friendly relations and cooperation with the parliaments and governments of other countries, development partners and foreign diplomats, as well as expanding and enhancing Cambodian parliament’s role in inter-parliamentary forums and promoting multilateral mechanism that is open and inclusive, and respects the rules-based international order to ensure peace, stability, prosperity and sustainable development.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia Hosts High-Level Forum on Climate Resilience in Asia-Pacific Region

Cambodia has been hosting high-level forum on climate resilience in the Asia-Pacific Region – the ‘Asia-Pacific Knowledge Exchange (APKE)’ – to exchange experience and best practices on climate resilience.

The four-day forum was opened here this morning under the presidency of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, with the participation of Minister of Finance of Samoa Hon. Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Vaai, Chief Executive Officer of Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Ms. Tariye Gbadegesin, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Special Senior Advisor and Climate Envoy in the Office of the President Mr. Warren Evans.

Organised by the Cambodian Ministry of Economy and Finance, CIF and ADB, the forum’s opening ceremony was joined by representatives of ministries, institutions, development partners, higher education institutions, research institutions, business associations, indigenous communities, and local community groups in the Kingdom of Cambodia as well a
s representatives from 13 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines. Samoa, Tajikistan, and Tonga.

According to ADB, the forum is aimed to facilitate the exchange of practical tools, best practices, success stories, and lessons learned among participating nations; fill capacity gaps, as well as respond to learning demands from government officials and Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) partners; promote dialogue around creating an enabling policy and market environment to support climate resilience, sustainable forest management, and nature-based solutions, and promote regional partnerships and collaboration on shared issues and landscapes.

“The Royal Government of the 7th legislature of the National Assembly, under the wise leadership with a long-term vision of Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, an outstanding and bright young leader, has adopted the ‘Pentagonal Strategy – Phase 1’ for growth
, employment, equity, efficiency, and sustainability sets out five specific strategic goals, the fifth of which is to ensure the sustainability of socio-economic development and to build resilience to climate change. Cambodia has made ambitious climate commitments through the ‘Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)’ and the ‘Long-Term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality (LTS4CN)’ to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,’ said H.E. Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth on the occasion.

For her part, CIF CEO Ms. Tariye Gbadegesin said, ‘The CIF has an extensive track record of partnering with countries and catalysing climate actions through investments that build resilience for people, infrastructure, and ecosystems in some of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Here in the Asia-Pacific region, we have so many rich examples of successes, as well as challenges. These are not just boxes to tick. They are real-world lessons from real projects that touched the lives of real people. The knowledge, experiences, and eviden
ce give us more than an understanding of how we are building resilience against climate change. They help us learn and inform our future investments and interventions here in Cambodia, the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond.’

ADB ‘s Warren Evans expressed the ADB’s conviction that the battle against climate change will be won or lost in Asia and the Pacific. This is why the ADB, together with the CIF, have worked on transformational changes, not just in Cambodia, but all throughout Asia and the Pacific. ‘And while we have already learned much about climate change mitigation, we’re always searching for better approaches to tackle climate change adaptation and long-term investments in resilience. The partnership shown by our speakers this morning – a development bank and a multilateral climate fund, being guided in their work by the needs of our countries of operations – is the perfect illustration of how complex and multifaceted sustainable international development is, and how knowledge management is key to ach
ieving lasting impact.’

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Samdech Techo Hun Sen Bids Farewell All Lawmakers

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, former Prime Minister of Cambodia, this morning bid farewell to his colleagues at the National Assembly (NA) and expressed his profound thanks to them for their support to him since 1981.

Addressing the NA’s second session of the seventh legislature here at the NA Palace on April 1, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said he will leave the NA by April 2, 2024 after his presence at the NA for more than half of his life.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen recalled that he has sat at the NA for two stages – the first one was for 12 years, from 1981 to 1993, and the second one from the inaugural session of Constitutional Assembly on June 14, 1993 to April 2, 2024. Therefore, he has been part of the NA for about 43 years, including 38 years as Prime Minister.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked the National Assembly for working hard, despite some problems in establishing a new government after the National Election in 1998 and in 2003. However, a solution was found and an end to the stalemate was m
ade by amending the constitution from two-thirds to 50 plus one, he added.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed his gratitude to all generations of lawmakers who had so far helped the Royal Government.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen will leave the NA on April 2, 2024 to hold the senate presidency, after he led his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) toward a landslide victory in the recent Senate Election.

The inaugural session of the senate of the fifth legislature is scheduled to be held on April 3 at the Senate Palace in Phnom Penh, under the supreme presidency of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.

Cambodia organised the 5th Senate Election on Feb. 25, 2024 with the participation of four political parties, including the CPP, Khmer Will Party, FUNCINPEC Party, and National Power Party.

The result shows that the CPP won 55 of the total 58 seats, while the Khmer Will Party got the remaining three seats. The FUNCINPEC Party and the National Power Party did not get
enough votes to gain a seat.

The Senate of Cambodia is composed of 62 seats, 58 of which are elected in a non-universal suffrage, two are appointed by His Majesty the King, and the other two are elected by the NA.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Angkor Archaeological Park Attracts 347,534 Foreign Tourists in First Three Months

Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archeological Park welcomed 385,769 foreign tourists in the first three months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 47 percent, a report from the Angkor Enterprise showed on Monday.

The park earned US$16.5 million as revenue from the entrance ticket sales, a surge of 48 percent, it pointed out.

In March alone, the Angkor Enterprise generated US$5.2 million, up 41 percent from entrance pass sales to 111,684 foreign tourists, up 40 percent.

The entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is US$37, while a three-day visit costs US$62, and US$72 for a week-long visit.

Located in Siem Reap province, the 401-square-kilometre Angkor Archeological Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1992, is the most popular tourist destination in this Southeast Asian nation.

Last year, Cambodia earned US$37.19 million from Angkor Archaeological Park entrance sales, a significant rise by 222 percent compared t
o 2022.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse