18 Jun 2022 465,839 hectares of forest protected

The project relentlessly defends 465,839 hectares of forest in a highly threatened landscape. For example, recently the project team stopped the construction of a High Voltage Power Line through the heart of the REDD+ Project. A high voltage power line had been planned to bring electricity from 4 hydro-power dams to Phnom Penh, which would […]

35 IUCN Red List Species protected, including 16 Critically Endangered and Endangered species

The ranger and enforcement team in Southern Cardamom is constructing a tiger reintroduction station, which includes ponds for swimming, wild pig enclosures for tiger prey, workers house and a veterinary station. By 2023, the Indian government will begin the reintegration process by donating at least 10 tigers, giving them the opportunity to roam free in […]

Disaster relief aid provided to >450 families

In October 2020, heavy rains caused massive flooding throughout Cambodia, particularly the villages of Pursat in Pramouy, Rokay and Bak Chenhchean communes, located in the leakage zone to the north of the REDD+ Project, were badly affected. To alleviate the suffering these communities were facing, a Wildlife Alliance relief mission, supported by the Southern Cardamom […]

Over 24,000 enforcement patrols have been conducted since 2015

The project has established an effective boots-on-the-ground protection of this highly threatened forest landscape. Since 2006, the project has achieved zero poaching of Asian elephants and supported significant recovery of ungulates and carnivore populations. The project employs over 350 rangers, who have conducted over 24,000 patrols since 2015 resulting in the removal of 175,534 snares, […]

Over $360,000 in bursaries granted

The Southern Cardamom REDD+ scholarship award program has distributed over $360,000 in bursaries, with 62% awarded to women and girls. For example, five full scholarships to universities in Phnom Penh were awarded in 2021. These scholarships include four years of annual tuition, school materials, accommodation, food stipend and health insurance, totalling $6,852 per student per […]

Nearly 500 people are employed in project activities

The project directly manages more than 150 law enforcement rangers who operate 24/7 out of 11 fully- equipped ranger stations and patrol across more than 5,000-km2 of the landscape. Rangers are well paid and receive life insurance and full health benefits, have the capacity and equipment to work effectively and safely, and are led and […]

27,516 people with improved access to clean water

Water resources in the Cardamom rainforest landscape have been drying up over the past decade as a result of climate change and deforestation. Families in some communities have to travel up to 5-km to collect safe drinking water from one of the few operational wells as the only other safe alternative is purchasing very expensive […]

67,791 hectares of tropical forest protected in a highly threatened landscape

To protect the forest and address the threat of illegal forest land encroachment and logging in the Tumring REDD+ project area, the project team is working with local authorities, communities and relevant provincial departments to improve land security and strengthen agricultural and forest land tenure rights for communities in the area. Securing registration is important […]

11 IUCN Red List species actively protected

21 degraded wildlife habitat sites have been identified and integrated into the targeted biodiversity restoration program. These and other sites within the project area are being continuously monitored by 45 members of the forestry patrol, who complete an average of 110 patrols per year. Such patrols have led to the recovery of hundreds of snares […]

Continous monitoring of the project area by law enforcement units

Law enforcement units with support from the Project have been successfully collaborating to stop illegal activities and land encroachment incidents, including the seizures of chainsaws, vehicles and timber. The Project partnered with sub-national government agencies–including provincial, districts, communes, and local Forestry Administration officers–to address illegal logging and forest land encroachment. Three teams of law enforcement […]