Sustaining biodiversity, environmental and social benefits in the Eastern Plains Landscape   | WWF


 
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About the project

The Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) is part of the Lower Mekong Dry Forest, the largest intact block of dry forest in Southeast Asia. At the core of the Eastern Plains, Mondulkiri Protected Forest (MPF) and Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary (PPWS) harbour a large diversity of habitats and resident populations of many endangered species. They have been recognized as a key tiger recovery area in the region. However, the forests are under tremendous pressure from commercial land clearance, agricultural expansion and illegal trade in luxury wood and wildlife.
Sustaining biodiversity, environmental and social benefits in the EPL is a joint-project launched in December 2013 by WWF in collaboration with NTFP-EP, My Village, and RECOFTC, funded by the European Union.
 
By 2020, the natural heritage and significant biodiversity of the EPL should be secured, ensuring protected habitat connectivity and the provision of environmental services and sustainable livelihoods to over 1.6 million ha.
 
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Objectives

  • Mapping and valuating ecosystem services in Mondulkiri and integrating these services into official land use planning 
  • Engaging private companies in the province to contribute to financing the long-term management of the landscape’s protected areas
  • Creating community forests (CF) and community protected areas (CPA) and working with community enterprises to generate income and business opportunities from sustainable use of natural resources

With the support of

RECOFTC is the only international not-for-profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry. RECOFTC's mission is to enhance capacities for stronger rights, improved governance and fairer benefits for local people in sustainable forested landscapes in the Asia and the Pacific region.


My Village (MVI) is a Cambodian NGO operating in northeast provinces   of Cambodia, particularly in Mondulkiri, Kratie and Stung Treng. MVI's mission is to provide high quality support to local civil societies for improving natural resource-dependent livelihoods.


Non-Timber Forest Product-Exchange Program is a strong and dynamic regional exchange network providing strategic and practical support for sustainable NTFP-EP development and community-based livelihoods.
 

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