Khmer Times –
Cambodia is pushing the conservation of the country’s Mekong River dolphins not only to make it an attractive tourism product, but also to better protect the population of the world endangered mammal.
According to Neth Pheaktra, Spokesperson and Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment, as the freshwater dolphins are increasingly attracting tourists, more preservation efforts and awareness building among the public to jointly protect them are necessary.
The Ministry of Environment, he continued, is leading a working group to file required documentations to propose Prek Kampi – the most common shelter for the dolphins – of the Mekong River in the northeastern Kratie province as the natural world heritage of UNESCO.
Based on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), globally there are only six countries with freshwater dolphins and Cambodia has the most population of the mammal.
Cambodia’s dolphin conservation area stretches for 180 kilometres along the Mekong River, encompassing 146 square kilometres, from the border with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Stung Treng province to Trong Island in Kratie province.