EU Congratulates Cambodia on Expansion of Natural Protected Areas

The European Union (EU) has expressed its congratulations to the Ministry of Environment on the recent expansion (an additional 900,000 hectares) of the natural habitat areas under protection in Cambodia.

According to the official Facebook page of the EU in Cambodia, community protected areas, in particular, provide an important legal mechanism to strengthen the protection of Cambodia's wildlife, biodiversity and natural resources while also supporting the livelihoods of communities.

The European Union is proud to support community protected areas in Cambodia: a successful model of co-management of natural resources ensuring they are protected for future generations, it underlined.

Recently, the Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to establish Phnom Yat in Sangkat Pailin of Pailin northwestern province as a natural heritage site, at the request of the Ministry of Environment.

This newly established natural heritage site, a former battlefield between 1975 and 1998, covers an area of nearly 32,000 hectares.

Up to now, Cambodia has in total 46 natural protected areas and 3 biodiversity conservation corridors covering more than 7.3 million hectares.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press