The Ibis Rice initiative was established in the project area as a wildlife-friendly alternative to unsustainable rice farming. In this initiative, Cambodian farmers in the Keo Seima REDD+ project (and the Northern Plains) are offered premium prices and organic certification for their rice in exchange for their commitment to zero deforestation, zero poaching and zero chemicals at their site*. Thus far, 18 farmers have participated in this program in Keo Seima**. The initiative is named after the Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea), a critically endangered species that is now able to coexist in harmony with forest farmers in Cambodia.
**CCB Monitoring Report 2018-2019