Boeung Veal Samnap

Country/territory: Cambodia

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2003)
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Area: 11,286 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife International Cambodia Programme
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 high near favourable negligible
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Site description
The IBA comprises Boeung Veal Samnap, a permanent lake located to the east of Phnom Penh. The areas surrounding the lake become inundated when the Mekong River floods during the wet season, and thus support extensive marshes, bordered by rice cultivation. The vegetation of the marshes comprises various grasses and sedges, while other emergent species and rafts of floating vegetation cover extensive areas of the lake, there are also small areas of swamp forest trees. A number of large waterbirds regularly occur at the IBA in the wet season, including small numbers of Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). In 2000 a colony of Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) was discovered in the IBA.

Key biodiversity
on 29 September 2002 74 Asian Openbills were recorded.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Boeung Veal Samnap. Downloaded from on 04/08/2020.