Preah Vihear - Nine stakeholders from Department of Environment, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), District/ Commune authorities, and Police worked closely together, on behalf of the Provincial Working Group, to verify the UTM locations under Sub-decree No. 79 for the installation of posts to mark the Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary (PRWS) boundary.
Without clear demarcation, land grabbing, illegal logging and agricultural expansion by migrants is a constant danger. The team finished the verification process within five days, and will now report back to the Provincial Governor and Working Group before consulting with National level MoE to formally install demarcation posts along the PRWS’s border in the near future.
Covering 90,000 hectares in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, PRWS was designated by sub-decree in May 2016. This sanctuary forms a wildlife corridor between Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary and Chheab Wildlife Sanctuary and contains a diverse mosaic of habitats that support at least 28 threatened species, including the Critically Endangered giant ibis and white-shouldered ibis and seven endangered mammals (including pileated gibbon, Eld’s deer and banteng).
Conservation activities in the PRWS would not be possible without the generous support of the Rainforest Trust, the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and the MacArthur Foundation.