Our Conservation PartnersIndochine Ex is proud to partner with a number of conservation NGOs for the future of Cambodia's flora and fauna
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The realisation that the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus annamensis) was a unique and globally important species in 2010 has led to an important opportunity for local communities in Vuen Sai — ecotourism. Conservation International (CI) has worked with the community and government ministries to develop a programme that both protects the species while offering local communities a greater diversity of sustainable sources of income.
The 55,000-hectare (136,000-acre) Veun Sai–Siem Pang National Park, declared in 2016 and home to the target species, is now the focal point of CI’s multi-year integrated programme, funded by Arcus Foundation, focused on law enforcement, livelihood diversification through eco-tourism and biodiversity research.
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to care for nature in order to ensure the long-term well-being of people. Founded in 1987 and marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. CI employs 900 staff in more than 25 countries on four continents and works with more than 1,000 partners around the world.
CI has worked in the Greater Mekong region since 2001, helping protect nature and all its benefits — food, safe drinking water, livelihoods and renewable energy — to the people of Cambodia.
Phnom Tnaut is part of the once vast forests that covered much of Northern Cambodia, which has suffered heavy logging in the last 10 years.
The aim of BeTreed is to protect the biodiversity of 6400 hectares of mixed evergreen and dry dipteropcarp deciduous woodland. Guest visits generate direct employment in service provision and help pay for the patrolling necessary to prevent illegal hunting and logging. Ben and Sharyn also run classes for the village children to learn about the forest and the benefits it can bring.
The 200 meter hill and surrounding landscape is home to a wonderful assemblage of birds and animals including a herd of around 60 Banteng or wild cows. Pileated Gibbons can be heard calling and Silver Langurs spotted in the forest. Over 200 species of birds have been identified including the Green Peafowl and a colorful array of woodpeckers.
Gibbon Spotting Adventures
Virachey National Park in The North East of Cambodia is home to the rare Northern Buff Cheeked Gibbon (above). The park was once a vast area of thick forest, now patches remain including Veun Sai Siem Pang (VSSP). Conservation International (CI) work with the Ministry of Environment to protect the Gibbon’s habitat; 21000 hectares of mixed forest supporting a diverse range of animals and birds.
The indigenous Kravet people have long been part of and have shaped the landscape so no long term plan to conserve the biodiversity of the forests and protect the Gibbons has any chance of success without considering the villagers.
A key part of this project is to educate local people about the benefits that the forest can bring backed up by employment in the community based eco-tourist (CBET) project.
Each visitor to the CI station who tracks the Gibbons will be contributing $55 to the upkeep of the park, the community and a $25 contribution to cover the costs of patrolling the forests to stop illegal logging and poaching.
A chain of hills running West to East rising to 500 meters 50 km North of Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen has a diverse and complex mosaic of habitats. Traditionally the majority of the landscape was forested with evergreen and semi evergreen forest, combined with small patches of deciduous dipterocarp forest.
Nearly 200 species of birds have been identified and 40 species of mammals, many of them bats. In 2013 the rare Silver Langur was rediscovered and can be seen as in the photo above with the Pig-tailed Macaque. Slow Loris and the strange Binturong, a type of civet are also present.
The traditional slash and burn agriculture or chamkar was only sustainable with a low resident population and complete forest cover, now much has been cleared for cashew nut plantations.
The remaining patches of forest need to provide a livelihood for the local population to ensure their conservation. Responsible wildlife viewing tourism is one solution providing alternative employment directly dependent on the integrity of environment. Guests visiting Kulen with Indochine Exploration make a direct contribution to the community for projects that benefit the whole village. Village members also guide our groups and explain how the forest plants are used in local medicine.
The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest in South East Asia covering in excess of 10,000 square kilometers by the end of October each year. The annual flood and ebb of the lake is a globally unique hydrological phenomenon driven as much by a backflow from the Mekong as the surrounding floodplain. The flora and fauna has evolved over the millennia to cope with this annual rise and fall in water levels.
Following the Khmer Rouge Regime and subsequent Vietnamese occupation major waterbird breeding colonies were discovered south of Prek Toal village in the early 90’s. By the end of the decade the local authorities and international conservation charities notably Wildlife Conservation Society realized that the Tonle Sap was the single most important wetland for waterbird conservation in Southeast Asia. In 2002 a 22,000 hectare area of seasonally flooded forest South of Prek Toal, was declared a Core Bird Reserve providing a stronghold for endangered waterbirds: it shelters more than 1% of the world population for 10 globally threatened species.
The local population had relied on the environment for their livelihood, fishing, collecting birds eggs and using the plants and timber. WCS realized that they had to provide alternative livelihoods if the villagers were to be persuaded to switch from poacher to gamekeeper. The attraction of such species as the Greater Adjutant, Black-headed Ibis and Spot-billed Pelican meant bird watchers were not in short supply providing an income to the community from guiding and service provision.
We have committed to supporting this initiative until the income from visitors allows it to be a self-sustaining project. Indochine-ex will increase its commitment to conservation as it grows (fingers crossed), giving villagers who depend on their land an opportunity to earn an income by sustainably sharing it with our guests.
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