Hun Sen Establishes Protected Zone for Tonle Sap Floodplains

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday signed off on a sub-decree that officially created a 640,000-hectare protected zone covering the flooded forest and floodplains of Tonle Sap lake. The sub-decree determined that 647,406 hectares of flooded forest around Tonle Sap lake in Kompong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Kompong Thom provinces must be strictly protected from destruction. It said the governors of the  provinces around Tonle Sap lake carry full responsibility for this task.