|Central coordinates||103o 41.00' East 10o 34.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 111m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2003|
Ornithological information Other regionally sinificant bird species: Woolly-necked Stork.
Site description The IBA comprises the estuary of the Taek Sap River, which flows into the Gulf of Thailand to the east of Ream National Park. At the mouth of the estuary is situated a large island, called Koh Thmei. The vegetation of the IBA is dominated by intertidal mudflats and coastal mangrove, with some stands of Nypa and areas of degraded Melaleuca forest on the landward side of the mangrove. The IBA is a non-breeding site for a number of large waterbirds, including Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus, Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala and Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis. Most significantly, the IBA is the most important known non-breeding site in Cambodia for Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea, which breeds at Prek Toal IBA, and most probably at an as yet undiscovered location in south-west Cambodia, quite possibly nearby (perhaps even within) this IBA.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea||non-breeding||1998||rare [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus||non-breeding||1998||unknown [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis||non-breeding||1998||rare [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Ream||National Park||14,676||protected area overlaps with site||3,100|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Lowland evergreen rain forest (tropical); Mangrove forest (tropical)||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: small settlements|
Other biodiversity Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) occurs around Koh Thmei and is data deficient.Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)
Management considerations One of the major threats to biodiversity at the IBA is habitat loss, particularly clearance of mangrove. In addition, hunting is a serious problem in the neighbouring Ream National Park, although the severity of this threat within the IBA has not been assessed.
Protection status Overlaps with Ream National Park
Conservation response Recommendations- Increase patrolling along the Prek Taek Sap within Ream National Park to control illegal cutting and clearance of mangrove.
References Document nameEdwards, P.J. (1996) Cambodia wetlands ornithological survey. Xenus Ecology. Newmarket, UK.Goes, F. (ed.) (1999) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 1: 20-23Goes, F. (ed.) (1999) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 3: 39-43Goes, F. Tan, S. and Ros, B. (1998) Preliminary bird survey for cluster of three National Parks in southern Cambodia. European Commission Support Program to the Environmental Sector in Cambodia (SPEC). Phnom PenhMundkur, T., Carr, P., Sun Hean and Chhim Somean 1995. Surveys for large waterbirds in Cambodia. March - April 1994. Cambridge, UK: IUCN/SSC.
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