Orchid Trading Banned in Protected Natural Areas

The Ministry of Environment has banned trading and transportation of Kesor Kol so-called forest orchid in protected natural areas.

The prohibition was officially circulated in a recent announcement of the ministry, following a social media post offering a very high price for the flower.

The post is likely to trigger greedy collection of the flower leading to further destruction of the plant which is critically endangered currently.

Commercial collection of the flower is considered illegal, violating a law on protected natural areas articles 59 and 61, and the Ministry of Environment will take strict measures against the violators.

According to the ministry, Cambodia has now over 150 species of forest orchid and more than 3,000 flower trees in Kesor Kol Sok An Phnom Kulen Research and Conservation Centre.

 

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press