The Boeung Prek Lapouv Protected Landscape Area in Takeo province – renowned as a habitat for many species of rare water and migratory birds – is set to be designated a Ramsar site, or a wetland of international importance.
Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said this is because the area is a habitat for many rare bird species and provides for the livelihoods of local communities.
He added that before the designation is official, the wetlands needed further research on biodiversity, ecology and potential for the area. The information is needed to garner the support of relevant parties at the sub-national and national levels.
“Once the Boeung Prek Lapouv Protected Landscape Area is included as a Ramsar site, Cambodia will have six Ramsar sites. These are the Stung Treng, the Koh Kapi, the Boeung Chhmar, the Prek Toal and Stung Sen Ramsar sites,” he continued.