Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 30 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet reminded all officials and relevant authorities to unwaveringly safeguard the esteemed reputation of the Tonle Sap Lake, renowned as the world's largest freshwater lake.

The premier spoke on Tuesday (Jan. 30) at the closing of the annual meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the Ministry.

In addition to safeguarding the esteemed reputation of the Tonle Sap Lake, Samdech Thipadei underscored its vital role as a thriving fish sanctuary, catering to the dietary requirements of people nationwide. To prevent and deter any encroachment, it is imperative to establish and enforce precise border demarcations.

"The unequivocal preservation of the Tonle Sap Lake, a shared national asset, hinges on the active involvement of local, provincial, and district authorities," said the premier. He added that in this endeavour, collaboration among Tonle Sap authorities, local government bodies, and various branches of the armed forces is paramount, particularly in addressing the encroachment on freshwater forests.

In this context, to enhance the efficacy of Tonle Sap Lake conservation, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet issued a set of directives, including:

Firstly, the systematic and precise registration of all lands is imperative. Deputy Prime Minister Say Sam Al, Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction, has been appointed to spearhead this task.

Secondly, following the completion of land registration, the Tonle Sap Authority is mandated to remap and remark the areas, given the modifications in Area 1, Area 2, and Area 3. Once mapped and marked, the data is to be integrated into a system for streamlined management.

Thirdly, the Tonle Sap Authority must maintain and enhance a permanent and well-managed operational framework. Strengthening the management mechanism is crucial, ensuring effective coordination among relevant institutions and the six provincial administrations bordering the Tonle Sap Lake.

On the occasion, Premeir Hun Manet urged efficient administration of six provinces—Kampong Chhnang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Thom, and Siem Reap—with sustainable management goals through proper registration. He also reminded residents in Zone 2 and Zone 1 to responsibly enjoy and maintain their distributed land without encroaching on protected areas, emphasizing long-term sustainability over short-term gains.