WWF warns Eastern Plains wildlife is on an alarming decline Talks in Mondulkiri to seek new ways for conservation and development | WWF

WWF warns Eastern Plains wildlife is on an alarming decline Talks in Mondulkiri to seek new ways for conservation and development



Posted on 13 June 2016   |  
Moul Phath (on the left) giving his opening speech
© Franko Petri/WWF Cambodia
“We are still facing immense problems to combat biodiversity loss and enhance conservation of wildlife. Spatial planning is the key to harmonize development and conservation. The private sector plays an important role in the future of our protected forests in the Eastern Plains”, so Moul Phath, Easter Plains Landscape Manager of WWF-Cambodia in Mondulkiri.
 
Royal Cambodian Government officials, Mondulkiri provincial authorities, district and community representatives, NGOs and corporate partners alongside with University experts participate in the annual EPL reflection workshop today. The workshop, organized by Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), aims to bring Eastern Plains (EPL) stakeholders together to reflect on their efforts, analyze the current situation, discussing successes, progress and challenges and develop new strategies for the region.
 
Participants agreed that stronger focus should be put on law enforcement to ensure that the dramatic decline of wildlife finally stops. Participants discussed concrete solutions and needed cooperation amongst all stakeholders to continue protecting the unique value of the landscape. Law enforcement and training of rangers and officials are a key element to the protection of the landscape’s value.
 
“Community members patrol together with park rangers, police and WWF to reduce illegal wildlife trade. On a monthly basis, they allow thousands of snares and traps to be destroyed, poachers and illegal loggers to be arrested and hundreds of kilogram of wild meat, lumbers, weapons and vehicles to be confiscated”, so Moul Phath.
 
However a long-term sustainable development strategy is also needed. Through a project funded by the European Union (EU) “Sustaining biodiversity, environmental and social benefits in the protected area of the EPL”, WWF and its implementing partners NTFP-EP, MyVillage and RECOFTC, are promoting a landscape approach for the sustainable development of the Mondulkiri Province by supporting the provincial spatial planning process, engaging with the private sector to ensure sustainable practices and promote the establishment of sustainable conservation financing mechanisms, as well as supporting communities protected areas and CBNEs development.
 
“Much has been achieved for the benefit of the people as well as conservation successes in the last two years. But Cambodia’s rapid economic development and the need for using land and resources have to be pursued in a holistic approach that guarantees a sustainable future for Cambodia's wildlife and its people”, said Elodie Maria-Sube, EU attaché, Natural Resources Management – Climate Change”, said Elodie Maria-Sube, EU delegation representative. 

For more information:
Mr. UN Chakrey, Communications Manager of WWF-Cambodia
Tel: +855 (0)17 234 555
Email: chakrey.un@wwfgreatermekong.org
 
Moul Phath (on the left) giving his opening speech
© Franko Petri/WWF Cambodia Enlarge

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