The IBA is situated on the western shore of Tonle Sap Lake, to the south of Prek Toal IBA (KH003). The vegetation of the IBA comprises of flooded swamp forest and dense shrubland with emergent large trees, such as Xanthophyllum glaucum, Terminalia cambodiana and Barringtonia acutangula. The IBA is situated within the Tonle Sap Multiple Use Area, designated under the 1993 Royal Decree on Protected Areas, and the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. The IBA supports breeding colonies of Darter (Anhinga melanogaster), Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) and Greater Adjutants (L. dubius).
The major threat to biodiversity at the IBA is collection of eggs and chicks. In recent years, local people have collected eggs and chicks of all species at all stages of development. This problem has been compounded by a lack of conservation activities at the IBA.
Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
RECOMMENDATIONS A local conservation program based on the successful model of Prek Toal IBA (KH003) should be initiated immediately to protect the breeding colonies of large waterbirds.- Enforcement activities should be undertaken by appropriate Government personnel to control illegal hunting and fishing activities. - Further surveys should be carried out to identify any, as yet undocumented, breeding colonies, particularly of adjutants in the dry season. - Initiate an environmental education program, based on the successful model at Prek Toal IBA (KH003). This should work with both adults and children, but particularly through the local schools.
Overlaps with Tonle Sap Multiple Use Area (~4500ha)