In partnership with two local civil society Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) - Sam Veasna Centre and Sansom Mlup Preywill, the project team will reduce hunting and forest loss by increasing local community participation in species conservation in three ways.
The simplest, the Birds Nest Protection Scheme, makes payments to local people who successfully protect nests of threatened birds. In 2011-2012, 830 chicks were fledged from 397 protected nests under this scheme.
The project will also promote improved land-use planning at key sites through the expansion of the Ibis Rice ‘Wildlife-friendly’ initiative. Under this programme, rice is purchased at a premium to farming families adhering to conservation agreements.
Finally, the project will work to develop eco-tourism by training local volunteers in tourism hospitality, providing critical equipment such as binoculars, developing eco-tourism activities and helping attract visitors.