Establishing Conservation Areas Landscape Management in the Northern Plains of Cambodia (CALM)

Initiative

Summary

The Conservation Area Landscape Management (CALM) project ran between 2005-2012 and was implemented by the WCS in cooperation with the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Forestry Administration) and the Ministry of Environment (General Department of Nature Conservation and Protection). The project aims to achieve effective conservation of Cambodia’s Northern Plains, Preah Vihear Province, which includes the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Santuary, the Preah Vihear Protected Forest and unprotected forest areas. 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. The Northern Plains is of global importance for biodiversity conservation. The project is involving local communities to manage and protect protected areas in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Santuary, and supports local enterprise opportunities, such as eco-tourism. It also provides training for local forest rangers and communities and forest officials to effectively manage natural resources, enforce and monitor laws, and to conduct wildlife surveys. This project is funded by the UNDP, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).