The Ministry of Environment has officially acknowledged the Tatai Krom community in Koh Kong province for its commitment to sustainable landscapes and eco-tourism.
The recognition came in coordination with the Cambodia Sustainable Landscape and Eco-tourism Project (CSLEP).
Spanning an impressive 97.3ha within the Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary in Tatai Krom commune's Anlong Vak and Koh Andet villages, the community earned this formal recognition on July 28 under Prakas 290, dated July 19, 2023. This region, located in the coastal province's Koh Kong district, is now a model of sustainable resource use and community development.
According to the ministry, the initiative to establish and recognise the Tatai Krom community was designed to boost local involvement in the sustainable management and use of natural resources. Moreover, this move aligns with the government's policy to improve the livelihoods of local communities. The development will also comply with the Law on Natural Protected Areas, ensuring a harmonious balance between community growth and environmental preservation.
Guided in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development, and funded by the World Bank, the CSLEP is focused on improving the administration of protected areas. In addition, the project seeks to stimulate eco-tourism opportunities with the objective of enhancing the value chain of non-timber forest products across the Cardamom and Tonle Sap landscapes.
At the moment, the CSLEP is providing assistance to 30 protected community areas spread over seven target provinces including Koh Kong, Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Thom and Siem Reap. The Kingdom's far-reaching support underlines its commitment to promoting eco-friendly practices and sustainable growth in communities.