Sustainable Livelihoods and Tourism, Cambodia
Covering 1.7 million acres, the forests of South West Cardamom Mountain National Park are one of the largest, oldest and most intact natural habitats in the region, home to globally threatened flora and fauna, with mammal species including Asian elephants, Sunda Pangolins, and Malayan sun bears. The main threat to this wildlife is non-residents, including organized criminal gangs hunting wildlife with rifles, hunting dogs and most worryingly, snares. Community anti-poaching units removed 27,000 snares in 2015 in the national park. Funding from EOCA would be used for two new Government positions within the units, giving the team capacity and authority to enforce existing wildlife laws, while expanding their role to provide conservation education to local communities and visitors. These activities will ensure the safety of the patrolled forest area, reduce hunting, create viable habitat to release rescued wildlife and increase the chance of visitors encountering them. The patrols will maintain 200km of hiking trails as part of a project, supporting around 340 of the 632 families that live in Chi Phat by employing guides, cooks, drivers and rangers. EOCA funding will also fund new multi-species pre-release enclosures for rescued animals.