July 27, 2009

Cambodian Law to Protect Most Freshwater Turtles

The Cambodian government today signed into law a ruling to protect almost all of the country?s freshwater turtles.  Highly threatened species that will benefit include Batagur affinis, Heosemys annandalii, and Pelochelys cantorii.  This will have a very significant positive impact on conservation and protection of these species in the wild. 

The Cambodian Forestry Administration recently added Manouria impressa to the list of tortoises that are protected by law, so today?s announcement by the Fisheries Administration provides the legislative basis upon which all of the country?s most endangered TFT species will be protected and is excellent testimony to the commitment of the Cambodian government to protect its natural heritage.

Contributed by David Emmett
Conservation International