The Koh Kong provincial Department of Environment and Fauna and Flora International (FFI) have supplied patrol equipment to three protected area communities and three fishing communities to improve their capacity to participate in the suppression and prevention of natural resource crimes.
Koh Kong environment department director Hun Marady said on September 13 that the three protected area communities – Koh Sralao, Koh Kapi and Peam Krasop – were each provided with a speedboat.
The three fishing communities – in Peam Krasop, Prek Khsach and Chroy Pros communes – were issued assorted patrol equipment including 12 walkie-talkies, 3 70-amp batteries, 6 flashlights and 4 life jackets.
“The purpose of supplying equipment to these communities is so they can support our work by preventing natural resource crimes and fishing offenses in their protected areas,” he said.
He said the materials would also serve as tools that would help them to protect other natural resources within their communities, such as seagrass, coral and mangrove forests.
The September 12 handover ceremony took place at the Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, with officials from the provincial environment and agriculture departments in attendance, along with representatives of the FFI.