By Mengey Eng
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| May 23, 2017
More than 250 participants from Ministry of Environment (MoE), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), local authorities and communities, teachers and students marked the celebration of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2017 at Prek Toal Core Area and Ramsar Site of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Battambang Province.
This celebration highlighted the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It called for support and involvement of local communities in conserving the birds that live in Prek Toal such as Spot-billed Pelican and Great Adjutant stork.
Prek Toal is located in the Tonle Sap Great Lake, one of the most productive and diverse wetland ecosystems in the world. It is the last significant breeding stronghold in mainland Southeast Asia for many globally threatened and near-threatened storks, ibises, pelicans, darters and cormorants.
Since the 1990s, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with Ministry of Environment have been working to protect Prek Toal Core Area through nest and flooded forest protection. The Prek Toal Conservation Project is currently supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Margaret A Cargill Philanthropies, MacArthur Foundation and the Kering Foundation.