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Eight rare young Siamese crocodiles have been discovered in Cambodia

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For the first time in almost a decade, a research team from Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) discovered eight hatchlings of the highly endangered Siamese crocodile in northeastern Mondulkiri province, according to a joint statement released on Tuesday.

The discovery was made early this month at one of the search sites where Siamese crocodile dung and footprints were collected during the dry season this year, according to the statement, adding that the reptile hatchlings are safe in their natural habitat under the strict protection of the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary rangers.

The discovery, according to Environment Minister Say Samal, emphasizes the importance of the Srepok wilderness area as a worldwide hotspot with high potential for reversing biodiversity loss and restoring globally significant fauna.

“This joyful news also underscores Cambodia’s relevance for the protection of this exceedingly rare crocodile and other vital species,” he said. “Cambodia is home to one-of-a-kind natural riches, which are a great source of national pride for all Cambodians.”

He stated that the Ministry of Environment is willing to collaborate with all international non-governmental organizations, community groups, and other partners to conserve and safeguard Cambodia’s natural forests and wildlife heritage for the long-term social and economic benefits of current and future generations. After more than a decade of investigation in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected area located inside the Eastern Plains Landscape, the discovery is the first photographic evidence of a Siamese crocodile breeding population.

“During the hatching season, the research team conducts regular field monitoring, and for this specific trip, we spent four nights scouting the crocodile habitat places, from 7:00 p.m. till past midnight around 2:00 a.m. to see the animal,” said Sothea Bun, a member of the study team.

“Then came the wonderful moment when one of our team members first noticed the eye-shine of crocodile hatchlings,” he explained.

According to Milou Groenenberg, WWF biodiversity research and monitoring manager, this discovery is considered a breakthrough in the study of the species in Srepok because previous reports of breeding comprised of unconfirmed reports from many years ago and photographic evidence of hatchlings was never accumulated before.

“We were previously unsure whether the resident population still had breeding pairs to date, as well as whether any nests existed and clutches successfully hatched,” she explained. “The Srepok discovery gives hope for Siamese crocodile conservation and wild survival, and it is an important finding for the species in Cambodia and beyond.”

The freshwater Siamese crocodile, which is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, was previously widespread across Southeast Asia but had vanished from much of its range by the early 1990s.

The report shows that Cambodia is a global bastion for the species, with an estimated 200-400 individuals left in the wild, and the overall global population does not surpass 1,000 mature individuals.

According to the statement, the main threats to the Siamese crocodile include habitat loss and degradation, poaching supported by the illicit wildlife trade and historically to supply crocodile farms, hybridization with other crocodile species, and damaging illegal fishing methods.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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