Virachey National Park

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Virachey National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Veal Thom Grasslands
Map showing the location of Virachey National Park
Map showing the location of Virachey National Park
Location Cambodia
Coordinates 14°19′33″N 106°59′53″E / 14.32569763°N 106.9981862°E / 14.32569763; 106.9981862Coordinates: 14°19′33″N 106°59′53″E / 14.32569763°N 106.9981862°E / 14.32569763; 106.9981862
Area 3,325 km2 (1,284 sq mi)[1]
Established 1993[1]
Website [1]

Virachey National Park is a national park in north-eastern Cambodia. Although partly protecting flora and fauna of international conservation priority, the park is under serious threat from illegal logging in the region.

The park is one of only two Cambodian ASEAN Heritage Parks [2] and is one of the top priority areas for conservation in Southeast Asia. The park overlaps Ratanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces in northeastern Cambodia covering an area of 3,325² km.

Virachey National Park was created under the Royal Decree Concerning the Creation and Designation of Protected Areas, issued on 1 November 1993, and is under the administration of the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia.

Description[edit]

Located in some of the most deep and isolated jungles of Cambodia, Virachey is largely unexplored and holds a large assortment of wildlife, waterfalls and mountains. The park comprises dense semi-evergreen lowlands, montane forests, upland savannah, bamboo thickets and occasional patches of mixed deciduous forest. Most of the area lies above 400 meters up to 1,500 meters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Virachey National Park". WCMC. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  2. ^ "List of ASEAN Heritage Parks". ASEAN. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 

Further reading[edit]

Baird, Ian G. "Making Spaces: The ethnic Brao people and the international border between Laos and Cambodia" in the journal Geoforum 41 (2010) 271-281

Baird, Ian G. and Philip Drearden "Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Tenure Regimes: A Case Study from Northeast Cambodia" in the journal Environmental Management Vol. 32, No.5, pp. 541–550

Bourdier, Frederic. The Mountain of Precious Stones: Ratanakiri, Cambodia. The Center for Khmer Studies, Phnom Penh, 2006.

Bourdier, Frederic. "Development and Dominion: Indigenous Peoples of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos." White Lotus Press, Bangkok. 2009.

"Cambodia's Last Frontier Falls" by Stephen Kurczy in the Asia Times Online.

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