The Zero-Snaring in Cambodia’s Protected Areas campaign actively seeks the participation from local communities to eradicate all types of snaring in Cambodia’s forests as it now travels to Stung Treng province, according to a joint press release issued after the campaign launching ceremony in the province this morning.
The community participation plays an important role in making the forests safe for wildlife survival and in stopping poachers from setting-up snares in forest habitats, said H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment.
The Ministry of Environment calls on all people to stop consuming wild meat and all other wildlife products. “We urge all people across Cambodia to say no to wild meat and participate in conserving the Kingdom’s natural resources,” H.E. Neth Pheaktra underlined.
From its official launch in Phnom Penh in early March to its begging rally in the province, the campaign calls for immediate actions to strengthen law enforcement and legislation to end poaching and snaring crisis that are increasingly threatening Cambodia’s wildlife.
“Strictly implementing law enforcement and bringing snare setters, hunters and wildlife traders to court, are essential to end the killings,” said Mr. Seng Teak, WWF-Cambodia Country Director.
“Furthermore, all local bush meat markets must be closed down and regularly monitored by the mobile law enforcement officers,” Mr. Teak added.
On Mar. 3, 2022, a coalition of government ministries and international conservation organisations together launched the Zero-Snaring in Cambodia’s Protected Areas campaign and collectively pledged to take actions toward ending the snaring crisis and illegal wildlife trade in Cambodia.
The provincial rallies will last six months and take place in Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kampong Thom and Rattanakiri provinces.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press