Site description The IBA comprises an area of seasonally inundated grassland in the floodplain of the Bassac River, which forms part of one of the largest areas of contiguous natural habitat remaining in the Mekong Delta. To the south and east, this area borders Vietnam, where the natural habitat has been almost entirely converted to agriculture. The IBA is inundated for 3 to 4 months each year, during which time a mat of floating vegetation, comprising around 30 aquatic plant species, forms. During the dry season, from December until May, the IBA supports a non-breeding population of Sarus Crane Grus antigone. After Ang Tropeang Thmor (KH001), this is the largest non-breeding population of this species known in Cambodia. The IBA also supports a number of other globally threatened and near-threatened bird species, most notably Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis. During 2002, the establishment of a Sarus Crane Conservation Area at the IBA was proposed by Department of Forestry and Wildlife.
Populations of IBA trigger species
||Relationship with IBA
||Overlap with IBA (ha)
|Sarus Crane and Various Other Birds Conservation Area
||protected area contained by site
Local conservation groups
The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Boeung Prek Lapouv Site Support Group (and now called Boeung Prek Lapouv Local Conservation Group)
||Extent (% of site)
||Edaphic grassland; Secondary grassland
||Artificial wetlands; Estuarine waters; Freshwater lakes and pools; Rivers and streams
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)
||Abandoned farmland, disturbed ground; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Rice paddies; Small settlements, rural gardens
||Extent (% of site)
Further web sources of information
Site account from Directory of Important Bird Areas in Cambodia: key sites for conservation (Seng Kim Hout 2003)
References Document nameSeng Kim Hout et al. (2000). Survey of waterbirds in Takeo Province. Unpublished report, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia.Seng Kim Hout et al. (2002). Survey of waterbirds in Takeo Province. Unpublished report, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia.Goes, F. and Davidson, P. (eds.) (2002) Recent Sightings. Cambodia Bird News 9: 47-59.Tran Treit et al. (March 2000) Aerial survey of grasslands in Takeo and Kampot Provinces. Unpublished report, ICF, Vietnam
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