Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Cambodian ibis project wins Responsible Tourism Award

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

An ibis project established by the Wildlife Conservation Society in Cambodia has been awarded ‘Wild Asia’s 2007 Responsible Tourism Award’, which rewards the inclusion of environmental responsibility within business strategies.

The ecotourism project, established at Tmatboey in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, protects the only known area where Giant and White-shouldered Ibises breed and are commonly seen.

The birds are found in the forests which surround the village, which are comprised of dipterocarp deciduous trees.The Wild Asia awards intend to dually exemplify responsible tourism businesses, whilst encouraging others to develop Responsible Tourism business strategies.

The award program also shares the best practices of the winning organisations, in an attempt to demonstrate to tourism operators the benefits and ease of implementing responsible practices.Cambodia is home to a variety of eco-tourism resources across many provinces, including the flooded forest, deciduous dipterocarp forests, grasslands, semi evergreen forests, freshwater wetlands and the Tonle Sap Great Lake.

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