Cambodia Selecting Natural Sites to Be Inscribed on UNESCO List

Government has identified five significant natural areas in the Kingdom for submitting to the UNESCO for listing as world natural heritage sites.

The initiative was discussed in an inter-ministerial meeting held here recently at the Ministry of Environment, where the five natural areas of outstanding universal value were selected for the UNESCO submission.

The meeting was attended by officials from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, from the provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Vihear, Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri and representatives from ICC-Angkor, UNESCO Cambodia, and Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO.

According to the Environment Ministry, the identified areas are the Phnom Tbeng Natural Heritage Area, Mekong Prek Kampi dolphin sanctuary management protected area, Phnom Nam Lear Rock in Phnom Nam Lear Wildlife Sanctuary, the Prek Prasab Wildlife Sanctuary, and South Cardamom National Park.

Cambodian heritages registered so far on the World Heritage List include the Historic Site of Angkor inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet) and Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet) proclaimed masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, respectively in 2003 and 2005, the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game, named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015, Chapei Dang Veng, a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked guitar, inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2016, Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex registered as a World Heritage Site in 2017, and Lkhon Khol Wat Svay Andet recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2018.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press