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Location Cambodia, Kampot
Central coordinates 104o 31.00' East  10o 26.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 1,108 ha
Altitude 3 - 6m
Year of IBA assessment 2003

BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description The IBA is located at the western edge of the Mekong Delta, and comprises an area of seasonally inundated grassland, interspersed with Melaleuca scrub, along the international border with Vietnam. The IBA is located at the northern extent of the Ha Tien plain, a once extensive area of seasonally inundated grassland and other natural habitats, which extends into Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. Large areas of natural habitat in the Vietnamese part of the Ha Tien plain have been converted into agriculture and aquaculture, while the mosaic of natural habitats in the Cambodian part have been reduced to around 1,000 ha in extent. The seasonally inundated grasslands support a non-breeding population of Sarus Crane Grus antigone, estimated by local people to number 80 to 150 birds. Whether these birds are part of the non-breeding population that regularly visits Kien Luong IBA (VN005) in the Vietnamese part of the Ha Tien plain is not known but, given the proximity of the two sites, this seems likely.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sarus Crane Antigone antigone non-breeding  2002  abundant  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low

Agriculture and aquaculture marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Kampong Trach Site Support Group (and now called Kampong Trach Local Conservation Group) 2004


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Secondary grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Artificial wetlands; Ephemeral wetlands; Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt marshes  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Rice paddies; Small settlements, rural gardens  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
other -

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 nameTordoff, A. W., Pech Bunnat and Prum Sophal (2002). A rapid field survey of Kompong Trach District, Kampot Province. Unpublished report, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia.Tran Triet et al. (2000) Aerial survey of grasslands in Takeo and Kampot provinces. Unpublished report to the International Crane Foundation.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kampong Trach. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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