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Project Context

The project is an initiative designed to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, maintain biodiversity and create alternative livelihoods under the United Nations scheme of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). The 445,339 ha SCRP encompasses parts of Southern Cardamom National Park and Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary andprotects a critical part of the Cardamom Mountains Rainforest Ecoregion – one of the 200 most important locations for biodiversity conservation on the planet. Find out more here.

Benefits & Impact

  • Training using the tenets of conservation agriculture, particularly increased cover cropping, zero tillage and an emphasis on soil health and moisture retention, the project aims to increase yields on existing farms and decrease dependence on the clearing of additional land for new field.
  • Improved Health care through increased support to health care workers, hiring of additional health care employees and improvements of facilities such as rainwater collection, solar systems, sanitation and support for outreach (hand washing stands at local schools, etc.)
  • Eco-tourism process of community engagement, capacity building in hospitality, accounting, English, computers, and nature guiding. Developing ecotourism infrastructure that could include trails, night camps, guesthouses, homestays, visitor center, and equipment such as mountain bikes, kayaks, and camping gear.
  • Community Scholarship creates a fund for scholarships (for middle and tertiary education) for students from any of the 29 communities in the Project Zone. An independent committee will be formed to ensure fair and equitable distribution of scholarships, this activity will directly address a key driver of poverty in the Project Zone – a lack of accessibility to higher educations.
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Benefits contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth - all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. If you wish to view the impact of each SDG in more detail please click here.