Cambodia: Conservation Area Landscape Management (CALM)
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In the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province, ecotourism is prospering and wildlife numbers are increasing. But it’s not just a boom for the local wildlife – members of the local Tmatboey community have also been able to improve their livelihoods, while ensuring the protection of their surrounding environment in this northern part of Cambodia.
The sanctuary is an example of an initiative by the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to promote a community-managed approach to ecotourism in Cambodia. It is supported by UNDP.
The Tmatboey project has been such a success that it was announced a winner of the 2008 international Equator Prize, which recognizes initiatives around the world that translate local action into global sustainable development. The year earlier, Tmatboey was also recognized as a model community-based ecotourism enterprise, receiving the 2007 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award.
The remote forest village of 203 families in Cambodia’s north is a long way from Barcelona, where Tmatboey community representative Dib On recently traveled to receive the prestigious award. He found the experience of meeting other competition winners and taking part in workshops organised by the Equator Initiative both rewarding and informative.
The Tmatboey initiative is only a few years old, but numbers of tourists are increasing rapidly and the benefits that the Tmatboey village receives are also rising each year. The Royal Cambodian Government, WCS and partners are hoping to develop this model of community-based ecotourism in other villages in Preah Vihear province to improve livelihoods and protect more wildlife.
The initiative is part of the Conservation Area Landscape Management (CALM) project, which is jointly funded by UNDP and GEF.
The Conservation Area Landscape Management (CALM) project is working toward the effective conservation of the key components of the biodiversity of Cambodia’s Northern Plains in Preah Vihear province in the northern part of the country. The project helps to enhance national and local capacities to conserve an area of approximately 400,000 hectares of dry forest in the Northern Plains, which also include the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Santuary. The Plains are the largest remaining extensive block of a unique landscape of exceptional global importance for biodiversity conservation. The area is a refuge for key populations of 36 species on the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Red List, including six listed as critically endangered. The project’s activities include:
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