Ecotourism at Prey Veng Village

Following the success of ecotourism activities in Tmatboey village, part of the Northern Plains landscape, ecotourism activities are now being developed at Prey Veng. Like Tmatboey, this village is situated in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sancturary.

Ecotourism development is supported by the Jeniam Foundation, while research on White Winged Wood Ducks has been supported by Akron Zoo.

The tourism committee has been trained in bird identification so that they are able to guide visitors to the site, and they are currently identifying the best sites for bird watching. The best site for observing White Winged Wood Ducks has already been identified–an Angkorian baray, or reservoir, which is ideal habitat for the Ducks and other species, such as Giant Ibis. A hide is currently under construction at the site, that will enable visitors to observe the birds.

A camp site for visitors to the baray has been selected, to the north of Prey Veng village, and a well will be installed so that the site has access to a permanent water source. Luxury tents and other camping equipment have been bought and shipped to the site. The committee will be trained in site management in early 2010, while cooks will be identified and trained by the Tmatboey Committee members. This will be followed up by more specialized training from specialists such as the Sam Veasna Center.

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