Protecting the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape

Timeframe: 2018 - 2019
Country/Region: Cambodia
Partner: Wildlife Alliance

South East Asia is at the epicentre of the global extinction crisis and the majority of the region’s Protected Areas are ‘paper parks’ with insufficient resources, capacity, or supervision to achieve effective species conservation. The Cardamom Rainforest Landscape in Cambodia extends over 157’000 ha and is a critical part of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot which supports populations of more than 50 IUCN threatened species including Asian elephants, mainland clouded leopard, Siamese crocodile, Asiatic black bear and giant ibis.

Wildlife Alliance has been active in the landscape since 2002 developing and subsequently implementing a unique law enforcement strategy focusing on creating and managing high performance teams of law enforcement professionals. This approach has delivered clear conservation successes, resulting in significantly increased presence of threatened wildlife in the project area, after severe decimation during the 20 years of civil war followed by the construction of a trans-boundary freeway that cut through the rainforest. However, the threat of poaching and deforestation is continuing. Without high performance eco-guard teams, the project area will return to being a “paper park”.

The support of Fondation Segré is directed towards the following two onjective over one year of operations

  • Support effective patrolling by 30 fully-equipped and professionally supervised eco-guards operating from two patrol stations responsible for the protection of the landscxape
  • Develop a network of anonymous community informants operating from at least six critical communities surrounding the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape