Boeung Prek Lapouv This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Cambodia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2003)
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Area: 9,276 ha

NatureLife Cambodia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The IBA comprises an area of seasonally inundated grassland in the floodplain of the Bassac River, which forms part of one of the largest areas of contiguous natural habitat remaining in the Mekong Delta. To the south and east, this area borders Vietnam, where the natural habitat has been almost entirely converted to agriculture. The IBA is inundated for 3 to 4 months each year, during which time a mat of floating vegetation, comprising around 30 aquatic plant species, forms. During the dry season, from December until May, the IBA supports a non-breeding population of Sarus Crane Grus antigone. After Ang Tropeang Thmor (KH001), this is the largest non-breeding population of this species known in Cambodia. The IBA also supports a number of other globally threatened and near-threatened bird species, most notably Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis. During 2002, the establishment of a Sarus Crane Conservation Area at the IBA was proposed by Department of Forestry and Wildlife.

Key biodiversity
50 Baya Weavers, 278 Grey Herons and 25 Purple Herons were recorded in November 2001.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Boeung Prek Lapouv. Downloaded from on 07/02/2023.