The government of Cambodia, announced a sub-decree by the office of the Prime Minister to designate Yeak Loam Lake in Ban Lung city in the northeastern province of Ratanakkiri as a new wildlife and ecological protected area.
Signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen last Wednesday, the sub-decree stated that the protected site covers 225 hectares in Yeak Loam commune in Ban Lung city.
The protected area also covers Yeak Lom Lake, a 4,000-year-old volcanic crater turned into a lake, and its surrounding forests. The lake is a popular tourist destination.
The government announcement added that the sub-decree is composed of six articles aimed at conserving wildlife, forestry, ecological systems and biodiversity in the area.
Environment Minister Minister Say Sam Al said yesterday that the area was in dire need of protection.
“The establishment is to allow the ministry to register the land in the area to become state land to avoid any problems,” Mr Sam Al said.
The lake is a popular destination among tourists visiting the province. Facebook
“Before the area was not clear, so we wanted to prepare the area for proper managment,” he said.
Overall, the purpose of the sub-decree is to reduce the impact of climate change and encourage local communities to participate in the protection of the environment, a statement issued yesterday said.
In April, the government also announced the establishment of a Marine Fish Management Area on the islands of Koh Pur and Koh Tonsey in Kep province.
The government said at the time that the establishment of the conservation area was aimed at managing and preventing the plunder of marine resources and marine ecological systems.
In February, the government announced the establishment of the country’s first marine national park called the Koh Rong National Park, which covers the Koh Rong islands off the coast of Sihanoukville.
The Prime Minister’s February sub-decree on the establishment of the national park said that Cambodia hopes to protect its natural resources and the biodiversity of its islands, and at the same time promote ecotourism.
Last year, Cambodia took advantage of the Chengdu Initiative on Tourism Cooperation under China’s Belt and Road Initiative to help promote sustainable tourism.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon said that through the initiative the tourism sector in Cambodia will be improved rapidly.
Source: Asean Ancient Time