HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Conservation Helps Secure Land Rights in Cambodia

Newswise

1726 days ago   Article ID# 1510244
Original URL

 

Wildlife Conservation Society

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA (Newswise) - A vulnerable ethic minority village inside Cambodia’s remote Seima Protection Forest today became one of the first in Cambodia to receive a collective land title, which will help villagers fend off threats to their land and culture while also strengthening conservation goals.

The Senior Minister for Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, H.E. Im Chhun Lim, visited the ethnically Bunong village of Andoung Kraloeng village to mark this historic moment. The legal system has been piloted in three villages – the first two received titles last December, but the third is the only one in a protected forest and so sets crucial precedents for similar villages.

It has taken eight years for these first villages to receive their titles, but with the system now in place the rate of issuance is now expected to rise. Hundreds of other villages are eligible and many have begun the application process, including 12 in and around the Seima area. Eventually it is hoped to offer this opportunity to all interested villages around the reserve.

Seima is important for its extensive evergreen and deciduous forests and the high levels of biodiversity, including large populations of endangered primates, wild cattle, Asian elephants and green peafowl. Over 40 species at the site are globally threatened with extinction.

Northeastern Cambodia is home to many indigenous ethnic minority groups. They experience relatively high levels of poverty and often have a high dependence on natural resources, including forest products. The traditional collective land ownership systems, along with poverty and marginal political status make these communities vulnerable to land grabbing by powerful individuals and companies.

The 2001 Land Law enables them to obtain collective land titles which greatly increases land security. The application process also provides a framework for strengthening community technical capacity and social cohesion to address the many threats facing ethnic minorities by establishing and training Indigenous Community Commissions at the village level.

Over the years the village committee and elders in Andoung Kraloeng have grown stronger and more effective. They have successfully repelled many attempts by outsiders to grab land and damage other resources in the village, often in cooperation with law enforcement staff linked to the project.

Since 2003, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has worked to support this process in Seima. The dual aims are to strengthen community rights to manage their natural resources and enhance the conservation of endangered biodiversity. The work is part of a larger conservation program covering the Seima Protection Forest, one of the most important sites for biodiversity conservation in the region. The program is led jointly by WCS and the Cambodian Government's Forestry Administration, with the involvement of the Ministry of Land Management and several other government agencies. The first twelve years of this program have transformed the site – a former logging concession – into one of the most successful protected areas in the region.

Other key technical partners include: International Labour Organisation and GIZ. Critical support has been provided by: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, DFID, Danida, NZ Aid, The McKnight Foundation, and Asian Development Bank, among other key donors. U.S. government support to WCS work in the Seima landscape is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Asian Elephant and Great Ape Funds.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the Flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. Visit: www.wcs.org

Copyright 2016 Newswise   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1726 days ago   Article ID# 1510244

Wildlife Conservation Society    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Wildlife Conservation Society News

Good news for elephants for a change

29 days ago From huffingtonpost.com 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - ...

World’s nations take a stand to save the helmeted hornbill from extinction

67 days ago From voices.nationalgeographic.com 

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - ...

Hawai‘i signs nation’s broadest wildlife trafficking ban into law

162 days ago From humanesociety.org 

WASHINTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - ...

Poaching patrols raise hope for Thailand's tigers

243 days ago From news.sky.com 

ISLEWORTH, U K - ...

Laos, China and Viet Nam enhance cooperation to combat transnational wildlife trafficking networks

247 days ago From newswise.com 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Environment News

Action Center

Climate change could make Sudan uninhabitable

Action: Climate Change

Sudan is home to over 40 million people. But, thanks to climate change, it could become an uninhabitable desert in the next 1 ...

Wisconsin: Your voice is needed for wolves

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Attached to this year's 'Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill' (the annual spending ...

A bird on the brink

Action: Stop Deforestation

The destruction of vast areas of forest for oil palm plantations in southern Tanintharyi Region poses a serious threat to the ...

Protect those living in the shadow of oil refineries

Action: Stop Pollution

Last year the EPA released new air protections decreasing the amount of pollution oil refineries can emit and reducing some o ...

More than half of shark species in Mediterranean at risk of extinction

Action: Save Our Oceans

The Mediterranean is a "key hotspot of extinction risk" according to a report by the International Union for Conservation of ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.