Supporting Forests and Biodiversity | WWF

The project

In Mondulkiri Province, WWF-Cambodia, together with Winrock International, is implementing the Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) Project funded by USAID.

In the Eastern Plains Landscape of Cambodia, two protected areas harbour a large diversity of habitat and many endangered species: the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary and the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary. The forests in this region represent the largest, most intact tropical dry forest in Southeast Asia and many local communities traditionally live off its resources. It is also the home of many endangered species such as the Banteng, Asian elephant or Siamese crocodile.

However, it is under pressure from illegal logging, land-clearance, illegal trade and unsustainable activities. 

The Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) Project funded by USAID aims to improve conservation and governance of priority forest landscapes to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity. It helps improve the effectiveness of government and other key natural resource managers to sustainably manage forests. It also promotes community participation in forest management decisions.

The project is managed by Winrock International and implemented by WWF-Cambodia, WCS, RECOFTC  and EWMI.

  • WWF-Cambodia trains community members to protect their forests by patrolling the woods to stop poaching and illegal logging.
  • They are also trained on how to generate income from non-timber forest products, such as resin, bamboo and honey.  
  • WWF-Cambodia works closely with the government to assist forest communities in obtaining the legal rights to manage the landthey have lived on for generations.

We support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the following activities:

Development of Protected Areas

  • WWF-Cambodia provides technical support to the Forestry Administration and the Ministry of Environment for the development of the two protected areas (PPWS and MPF) management plans.
  • The management plans and agreements for Community Forests and Community Protected Areas are also supported by the project.

Law enforcement
  • In addition to the support provided to Community Patrol Teams, WWF-Cambodia strengthens law-enforcement capacities by providing training to law-enforcement officials to better prevent and apprehend wildlife crimes.

Promotion of sustainable decisions by providing valuable information
  • WWF-Cambodia assists decision-makers by providing data and recommendations, allowing them to consider the costs and benefits of development decisions. To do this, the project processes all the information it collects through an innovative software called InVEST(Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs).

  • WWF-Cambodia works on promoting the importance of the forest through Environmental Education: interventions in local schools and villages and trainings of teachers are organised to raise awareness on wildlife and biodiversity protection.

  • Every month, WWF-Cambodia conducts a "vulture restaurant": a domestic cow carcass is provided for the scavengers to feed upon, allowing researchers to record population numbers over a 5-day period.
  • WWF-Cambodia contributes to the nationwide counts of critically endangered White-shouldered ibis by mapping the population in MPF and PPWS Protected Areas.  
  • WWF-Cambodia uses camera traps to monitor the population of ungulates in Mondulkiri Province.