Monday, 2 March 2009

Cambodia to open game hunting park: government

Daily Times
Monday, March 02, 2009

The Cambodian government has approved the establishment of a game park for well-heeled hunters in a remote jungle-covered northern province, officials said.

The cabinet passed a sub-decree for the creation a more than 100,000-hectare (247,105-acre) reserve for game hunting in Ratanakkiri province, a government statement said. The establishment of the reserve is for “investment, wildlife conservation and the sustainable development of wildlife hunting in order to serve the economy of the community”, the statement said. The reserve would help eradicate illegal wildlife poaching, it said.

The statement did not say when the park would open or who would operate it, but Madrid-based NSOK Safaris expressed an interest in December 2007. “First, we have to establish the area and the investment is the next step,” Chheang Dany, deputy director of the forestry administration’s wildlife protection office, said. afp

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