In its first phase (2006-2008), the project focused on the identification, growth, and ecology of key species, on the, the dynamics of the rattan market as well as on the development of a community-based sustainable harvest and production system. Previously, lack of botanical knowledge had constrained development of the rattan industry, especially in the selection of the right species for processing and trading. Within this context, the project also produced the first field guide to the rattans of Cambodia
. In addition, the project set up community based model approach that promotes sustainable management and use of rattan resources, so that forest ecosystem where rattan are present are conserved.