30 Jun 2022 Southern Cardamom Half Yearly Report Q2 2022

The Southern Cardamom REDD+ Project has undertaken numerous construction projects throughout surrounding communities in Q1-Q2 2022, including 43 wells to provide clean water to >3600 people as well as 25km of road and drainage culverts to connect a remote village to a market center and medical facilities. The Community Anti-Poaching Unit at Chi Phat has recorded the return of wildlife to the area as a result of relentless protection of the eco- tourism and wildlife release site. However, human-elephant conflicts have resurfaced in other areas of the project due to the continued fragmentation of forests in surrounding areas, ending peacefully through the proactive intervention from local rangers.

20 Jun 2022 Southern Cardamom

The Cardamom Rainforest Landscape is one of the last unfragmented rainforests remaining in Southeast Asia and is a critical part of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot at threat from relentless illegal logging and poaching.

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 […]

03 Jun 2022 Award winning community-based ecotourism

When Wildlife Alliance began working in the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia two decades ago, the remote commune of Chi Phat was known as a hub of wildlife smuggling and illegal logging. An appraisal of the region’s resources and economic development options spotlighted tourism as the best opportunity to preserve the vulnerable ecosystem and partner with […]