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Deforestation threatens Angkor

Cambodia’s deputy minister calls for a halt to forest clearing around the Phnom Kulen area of Angkor.

Phnom Kulen, Phnom Penh Post 20121207

Phnom Kulen, Phnom Penh Post 20121207

Angkor Wat site in danger: Deputy PM
Phnom Penh Post, 07 December 2012

In a rare acknowledgement of deforestation concerns, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the National Commission for UNESCO, said the widespread clearing of forests around Angkor Wat was harming views of the historic temple complex.

Sok An made the remarks in Siem Reap at a Plenary Session of the International Co-ordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor) on Wednesday, and stressed that the forest, known as Phnom Kulen, was degraded and needed immediate attention.

“I’ve known that Phnom Kulen is endangered now, thus this plateau region needs urgent protection,” he said, calling for a halt to all forest clearing which “affects our view of our national park”.

Sok An also called on Siem Reap provincial governor Sou Phirin to co-operate with the APSARA Authority and UNESCO to protect the national park.

Full story here.

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