Conservative Forests Expanding to 7 Million Hectares

With newly planned coverage, the total conservative forest areas in Cambodia by the government will encompass seven million hectares, according to Minister of Environment H.E. Say Sam Al.

H.E. Say Sam Al shared the figures during a press conference organised late last week at the ministry office here in Phnom Penh.

Currently, 37 forest areas of about six million hectares are kept under conservation. The Royal Government of Cambodia will soon include eight more forests with a total of 1.4 million hectares.

Through the conservation work, he added, Cambodia managed to increase the country's forest with an average of 14 percent annually between 2001 and 2014.

While big-scale deforestation no longer exists, the Royal Government of Cambodia is working hard to address small-scale illegal logging.

Ministry of Environment is both building the capacity of rangers to protect the forest and introducing jobs for community people so that they stop chopping down trees.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press