Cambodia’s first marine park established off Sihanoukville

Bangkok Post

The Cambodian government has announced the establishment of the country’s first marine national park, the Koh Rong National Park, which covers the Koh Rong archipelago off the coast of Sihanoukville.

The new national park, set up by a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, aims to protect the natural resources and biodiversity of the islands, while promoting ecotourism initiatives with a small ecological footprint, the Khmer Times reported on Monday.

The park covers 52,448 hectares of land and water surface, which encompasses seven islands: Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, Koh Koun, Koh Touch, Koh Tatiem, Koh Mnoas Krav and Koh Mnoas Knong.

The Ministry of Environment is responsible for the management of the national park, a task it will perform in cooperation with other relevant ministries and local authorities.

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