Wildlife sanctuary to implement REDD+

The Ministry of Environment and the Wildlife Alliance (WA) have signed an environmental cooperation agreement for the development of REDD+ in Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary in O’Som Commune, Veal Veng District in Pursat Province, to improve forest conservation and provide benefits to people living in the community.

Sao Sopheap, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, said Monday evening during the signing ceremony at the Himawari Hotel in Phnom Penh that the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary had never had a partner in the field. protection of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity before.

Sopheap added that this year’s cooperation in the project aims to reduce illegal logging, wildlife hunting and trafficking of important wildlife in protected areas through patrols and law enforcement.

“The main objective of the REDD+ Phnom Samkos project is to contribute to the mitigation of global climate change by supporting the sustainability of the management of wildlife sanctuaries and improving the livelihoods of communities living in and near the project area. “, did he declare.

He hopes the visit will be achieved by working directly with communities to implement conservation agriculture activities and create opportunities for local communities to avoid putting pressure on natural resources.

He added that the establishment of a new REDD+ project in the wildlife reserve will be certified and registered according to the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity standards. (REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.)

Environment Ministry Spokesperson Neth Pheaktra said yesterday that the Ministry has repeatedly cooperated with WA on the REDD+ carbon credit sales project on the protection and conservation of natural resources across the country. , especially in the Cardamom Mountains.

“In the past, through an agreement with the Wildlife Alliance, the ministry has sold carbon credits to Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary and South Mount Cardamom National Park, and we will continue to sell REDD+ carbon to Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary. Phnom Samkos, which is important for the conservation of natural resources,” he said.

He added that the benefits of protecting and conserving natural resources in wildlife sanctuaries have improved, allowing Cambodians to sell carbon credits on the international voluntary market.

“Carbon credit proceeds will be used for the purpose of protecting and conserving natural resources, equipping park officials and conservation officers, and developing local communities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the deforestation and forest degradation in particular provides new options and occupations to generate income for the community,” he said.

Phan Sophearin, director of the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, said the wildlife sanctuary is still under threat.

“We have observed that so far illegal logging using axes and saws and land encroachment are still rampant,” he said.

He added that the reason why people continue to cut down the forest is due to a shortage of park rangers to protect natural resources. There are only 22 park rangers to patrol an area of ​​267,000 hectares.

Cambodia has been selling carbon credits since 2016 and has earned $11.6 million for two projects (Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and South Cardamom Mountain National Park).

The Ministry of Environment sees the sale of carbon credits as a source of pride for Cambodia, which currently has a conservation area of ​​7.3 million hectares, or about 41% of Cambodia as a carbon source.

  • Key words: Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, REDD

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