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Press Release: Keo Seima Conservation Project Fruitfully Completed

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Press Release: Keo Seima Conservation Project Fruitfully Completed
(August 13, 2021) Phnom Penh (August 13, 2021) – USAID mark ed the successful completion of the Keo Seima Conservation Project (KSCP) today with an online workshop that celebrated its achievements in forest conservation and community support. Speaking at the closing workshop, Laura Cizmo, Acting Office Director for Sustainable Economic Growth Office of USAID Cambodia, applauded the successful collaboration between USAID, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), communities in and around Keo Seima Wildlife Sanc...

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Grab Offers Innovative Carbon Offset Option to Support Cambodian Forest Protection

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Grab Offers Innovative Carbon Offset Option to Support Cambodian Forest Protection
(July 23, 2021) Grab passengers are now offered the option to travel carbon neutral by purchasing carbon credits from the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary REDD+ project in Mondulkiri Province. Phnom Penh (July 23, 2021) – Passengers using the Grab ride-hailing app are offered the option to travel carbon neutral. A voluntary contribution allows passengers’ rides to be offset via carbon credits from the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS) REDD+ project in Mondulkiri province. “We are thrilled to se...

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Gaur and their threats

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Gaur and their threats
(July 16, 2021) Gaur are the largest cattle species in the world and one of the largest living land mammals. Due to their impressive size, gaur have few natural predators; only tigers have been known to kill healthy adult animals. Gaur are found in forested areas across South and Southeast Asia, however their distribution has shrunk by over 80% in the last 100 years. The global population of gaur decreased by 90% in the last half of the 20th century. It is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Vu...

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Joint Statement: Two Giant Ibis and a Banteng found dead in Preah Vihear Province’s Wildlife Sanctuaries

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Joint Statement: Two Giant Ibis and a Banteng found dead in Preah Vihear Province’s Wildlife Sanctuaries
(March 20, 2021) The Ministry of Environment (MoE) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) extremely regret the loss of a Banteng and two Giant Ibis which were killed by offenders earlier this week. These sad two incidences happened at the same time in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS) and Cheb Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) of Preah Vihear province. The carcass of Banteng was found by the community patrol team while they were patrolling the forest on March 17, 2021 in Sambo village, Srayang commune of Kulean di...

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Bamboo Producer Group is happy to see their business keep growing

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Bamboo Producer Group is happy to see their business keep growing
(March 18, 2021) Sales of bamboo ornaments and utensils crafted by the Bamboo Producer Group in Sre Preah Community Protected Area (CPA) increased almost four times from $212 in 2019 to $806 in 2020. The reasons for this increase in income were that the Bamboo Producer Group diversified the bamboo products being made and improved their quality as a result of training delivered under the USAID KSCP, as well as behavior change in consumers who stopped using plastic items and switched to bamboo. Sre Preah Bamboo Pr...

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2021
(March 11, 2021)  We stand for wildlife!
Posted in: News Room


First Eggs of Royal Turtle Laid in Captivity in Cambodia

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First Eggs of Royal Turtle Laid in Captivity in Cambodia
(March 02, 2021) Koh Kong, Cambodia (02 March 2021) –71 Royal Turtle eggs in five clutches were laid on an artificial sand bank at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) early last week. Images obtained from camera traps confirmed that the eggs were laid by five head-started Royal Turtles. This is the first time that Royal Turtles have laid eggs in captivity in Cambodia. Four of the turtles were head-started from wild nests laid in 2006 on the Sre Ambel River, and one was handed over to the KKRCC...

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Posted in: Latest Discovery


10 Royal Turtles released into their natural habitat

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10 Royal Turtles released into their natural habitat
(January 28, 2021) Kampong Seila – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Department of Fisheries Conservation of the Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ​​in collaboration with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), today released ten critically endangered Royal Turtles (Batagur affinis) into the Sre Ambel River system in Chamkar Luong commune, Kampong Seila district of Preah Sihanouk province. The release was made under a jointly funded project supported by th...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


Official opening of the IBIS Rice Conservation Company Warehouse

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Official opening of the IBIS Rice Conservation Company Warehouse
(December 23, 2020) On Tuesday 22nd December 2020, WCS, the IBIS Rice Conservation Co., Ltd IRCC and Samsom Mlup Prey Organisation (SMP) were honored to welcome the H.E. Say Samal (Chairman of National Sustainable Development Council and Minister of Ministry of Environment) to the IBIS Rice warehouse located in Sangkat Phsar Derm Thkov, Phnom Penh. During his visit, his excellency was shown the manufacturing and packaging of wildlife-friendly and organic products and received the opportunity to taste some of the la...

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Using mixed methods to understand sensitive wildlife poisoning behaviours in northern Cambodia

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Using mixed methods to understand sensitive wildlife poisoning behaviours in northern Cambodia
(December 04, 2020) Abstract In northern Cambodia, threatened wildlife, livestock and people are being poisoned by pesticides deposited in seasonal waterholes. Addressing this critical conservation threat requires understanding the drivers of poisoning behaviours and the social contexts in which they occur. This study across 10 communities in two protected areas aimed to provide a first assessment of this phenomenon. We used the theory of planned behaviour to measure socio-psychological determinants of behaviour a...

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Posted in: Northern Plains


WCS and Partners Issue Ten-Year Report Card for Cambodia’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area

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WCS and Partners Issue Ten-Year Report Card for Cambodia’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area
(October 26, 2020) Phnom Penh, Cambodia (October 26, 2020) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a report today showing a ten-year population trend for 13 key wildlife species found in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS), Cambodia’s most biodiverse protected area. Using scientifically robust data collected using a standardized methodology, the report shows that the populations of green peafowl and pig-tailed macaque are increasing; populations of black-shanked douc langur, yellow-cheek...

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Ministry of Environment delegation visits Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri

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Ministry of Environment delegation visits Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri
(October 05, 2020) Phnom Penh (October 3, 2020) – His Excellency Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Spokesman of the Ministry of Environment (MoE) is leading an MoE delegation and a group of local journalists on a visit to Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS) in Mondulkiri province October 3 – 5, 2020. The visit, organized by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the MoE with USAID support, aims to provide an opportunity to learn about and raise the public’s awareness about (i) the design and...

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Nest Protection Team spots 15 baby Siamese crocodiles in a lake

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Nest Protection Team spots 15 baby Siamese crocodiles in a lake
(September 11, 2020) KOH KONG, Cambodia (September 11, 2020) – WCS released pics and video today showing critically endangered Siamese crocodile hatchlings (Crocodylus siamensis) – among the world’s most endangered crocodile species – swimming in a natural lake in Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. The images were taken by a patrol from WCS’s Crocodile Nest Protection Team working in collaboration with the Fisheries Administration and Koh Kong Provincial Department of Ag...

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2020 International Vulture Awareness Day: Cambodia’s vultures remain at the edge of extinction

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2020 International Vulture Awareness Day: Cambodia’s vultures remain at the edge of extinction
(September 05, 2020) Phnom Penh –Today marks the International Vulture Awareness Day with the message that vultures need all our help if they are to survive in Cambodia. Vultures are masters of the air! Recent satellite tagging of vultures in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary has revealed vultures fly at heights of 6 km, and by flying at up to 100 km/hour can commute between the vulture feeding stations in Chhep and Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuaries with ease. However, there is more to the story. Vultures play an impo...

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Posted in: Vultures


8 Giant Ibis nests found at the beginning of its nesting season this year

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8 Giant Ibis nests found at the beginning of its nesting season this year
(August 14, 2020) Supported by the USAID GPL, so far this breeding season eight Giant Ibis nests have been found in the middle of the nesting season this year, running from May through to October. The GPL/WCS Bird Nest Protection Team estimated that the number of nests will increase between now and October.   From 2004 until 2020, 413 Giant Ibis nests and 649 fledglings have been protected in the Northern Plains of Cambodia which covers Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary, Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Prey P...

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WCS provides training course on “Patrol Data Collection Using SMART Mobile App” for counterparts

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WCS provides training course on “Patrol Data Collection Using SMART Mobile App” for counterparts
(August 11, 2020) Last week, WCS SMART team, in collaboration with Fisheries Administration, provided a two-day training course on “Patrol Data Collection Using SMART Mobile App” for counterparts from Fisheries Administration Cantonments in Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk provinces and five fisheries communities along the Sre Ambel River system. The training aimed to build capacity of the participants on how to use SMART Mobile App for accurate data collection and freshwater law enforcement field observat...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


Ministry of Environment delegation visits wildlife sanctuaries in Preah Vihear and the Northern Tonle Sap

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Ministry of Environment delegation visits wildlife sanctuaries in Preah Vihear and the Northern Tonle Sap
(June 10, 2020) Preah Vihear – His Excellency Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Spokesman of the Ministry of Environment (MoE) led an MoE delegation and a group of local journalists to visit Kulen Promtep and Chheb Wildlife Sanctuaries in Preah Vihear province and the Bengal Florican Conservation Area in Kampong Thom provinces Stoung district June 9 – 10, 2020. While in Preah Vihear the delegation met with local communities to learn about organic and wildlife-friendly rice production, community-...

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Posted in: Vultures


Cambodia joins GBIF as associate participant

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Cambodia joins GBIF as associate participant
(May 27, 2020) The Kingdom of Cambodia has joined the GBIF network as an associate participant, expanding the network in Asia as its fourth national member and tenth formal participant. Cambodia formalized its entry into GBIF with signature of the Memorandum of Understanding by Dr Tin Ponlok, Secretary-General of the National Council for Sustainable Development, a cross-ministerial body coordinated by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment. As outlined in the most recent National Biodiversity Strategic Action P...

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Posted in: Sarus Crane


Sustainable bamboo harvesting in Sre Preah Community Protected Area in Mondulkiri Province

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Sustainable bamboo harvesting in Sre Preah Community  Protected Area in Mondulkiri Province
(May 26, 2020) Located inside Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Sre Preah community protected area (CPA) was established in January 2019. Over 200 families from across three villages in Sre Preah commune—O Chra, Pu Char, and Pu Kong—are members of the CPA. People in these villages traditionally rely heavily on rice cultivation and chamkar, but these activities generate insufficient income to support a household throughout an entire year. The USAID Keo Seima Conservation Project (USAID KSCP), implemente...

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Delegates from Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries visit Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center

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Delegates from Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries visit Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center
(May 26, 2020) Koh Kong—On May 24, 2020, H.E Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) led a delegation to visit Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center located in Tuol Koki village of Koh Kong province. The purpose was to learn about WCS’s Royal Turtle Conservation Project which has been implementing since 2001 in collaboration with MAFF’s Fisheries Administration (FiA) and local community along the Sre Ambel River System in Sre Amble district in Koh Kong and Preah Sih...

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Posted in: Mangrove Terrapin


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