King Norodom Sihamoni issues royal decree establishing Phnom Tamao Protected Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden
His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, issued a royal decree establishing the Phnom Tamao Protected Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden after Prime Minister Hun Sen designated the area as “forever protected area and forest” earlier this week.
The decree will ensure the sustainability of forest conservation and wildlife rescue, treatment, rehabilitation, education, dissemination, research and tourism services.
The decree finalizes the protected status of the area following controversy over land development plans around the Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue center.
On August 9, Nick Marx, Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care of the Wildlife Alliance. expressed his joy in a video message to the preservation of the area, saying: “Thank you very much Samdech Hun Sen and the people of Cambodia (for saving Phnom Tamao forest). Some people have approached me to thank me (but) I’m small, I have no power. You are the one who saved Phnom Tamao forest. Thank you all”
The purpose of this Royal Decree is to:
* Development of a botanical garden with luxury tree species with high economic value
* Development as a destination for natural tourism, culture and history, ensuring the conservation, treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife
According to the royal decree, “Phnom Tamao Protected Animal Park and Botanical Park has a total area of 2,025 hectares in Bati District, Takeo Province, as shown on the map to clarify the location and points attached to the appendix to this Royal Decree.”
The protected animal park and botanical garden “Phnom Tamao” is divided into 3 zones:
1: Protected forest area for the rehabilitation of wildlife, a space intended to ensure the prosperity of wildlife, the conservation and sustainable development of natural resources with an area of 1021 hectares.
2: Phnom Tamao Rosewood Botanical Garden Area is an area to maintain young plants and develop into a botanical garden with luxurious tree species and aesthetics with an area of 530 (five hundred and thirty ) hectares.
3. Phnom Tamao Zoological Park is a wildlife care, wildlife treatment, education, promotion and tourism service area with an area of 474 (four hundred and seventy-four) hectares.