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Cambodia calls for collective action to protect wildlife

Cambodia on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, called for collective action from stakeholders to protect wildlife and other natural resources.

Neth Pheaktra
Neth Pheaktra

Ministry of Environment’s Secretary of State, Neth Pheaktra, during the launch of the Zero-Snaring Campaign phase-2 in southwest Koh Kong province, said the stakeholders ranged from relevant organisations, local authorities, private sector and local communities.

“The Ministry of Environment calls on all people to stop selling, buying, and consuming wild meat as these activities are destroying Cambodia’s wildlife and biodiversity of global significance.

“When the snaring stops, the killing of wildlife will end too,” he said.

He added: “Ending the snaring crisis requires our concerted commitment and participation.’’

Seng Teak, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Cambodia country director, said to bend the curve of wildlife loss due to snaring and illegal hunting requires truly transformational change and unprecedented conservation interventions through a new and bold innovative approach.

Christel Griffioen, country director of the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), said snares were indiscriminative and responsible for killing and severely injuring a wide range of species in the environment.

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