Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment Neth Pheaktra said that the more effective protection and conservation of wildlife biodiversity will provide many benefits to the livelihoods of local people.
Secretary of State Pheaktra made the statement on May 16 at the opening ceremony of the Zero Trap Campaign in the Natural Tourism Area Community of Kulen-Prohm Tep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear.
The Secretary of State discouraged the trapping, hunting, sale and consumption of wild bushmeat. He stated that wild animals are not pleasant to consume and each wildlife is of immense value and cannot be calculated in cash, and the animals are also a source of inexhaustible income from the sector. Cambodia is rich in biodiversity and can generate more revenue than meat.
Pheaktra said, “Wild meat is not good and cannot cure diseases, as some believe, but wild meat can be harmful to the health of consumers because according to wildlife studies, there are many viruses that can sometimes kill humans very quickly.”
Secretary of State Pheaktra stated that in the measures to increase the effectiveness of protection and conservation of natural resources, the Ministry of Environment not only continues to strengthen the implementation of the law. However, the focus is on developing and improving the livelihoods of the protected area community.