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KSWS REDD+ Newsletter_No 22_Jan-Mar 2021
Keo Seima REDD+ Project quarterly newsletter Jan-Mar 2021.
KSWS REDD+ Newsletter_No 19_Apr-Jun 2020_v.offline
KSWS REDD+ Newsletter_No 18_Jan-Mar 2020_v.offline
KSWS REDD+ Newsletter_No 23_Apr-Jun 2021_FINAL
WCS MoE Bird Nest Protection 2017
In the early 2000’s the principal threat to nine globally threatened large waterbird species living in the Northern Plains of Cambodia was identified as wholesale collection of eggs and chicks from nesting sites (Clements et al. 2013). Direct payments for conservation were proposed as an effective way of delivering conservation outcomes (Ferraro 2001; Ferraro & Kiss 2002). The Bird Nest Protection Programme is a payments scheme designed to combat the threat of egg and chick collection. Under the scheme, local people living in two protected areas in the Northern Plains of Cambodia are offered conditional payments if they successfully locate, monitor and protect nests until fledging.
Keo Seima REDD+ Newsletter_Oct-Dec 2020
KSWS REDD+ Quarterly newsletter, October - December 2020
Monitoring of Large Waterbirds at Prek Toal, Tonle Sap Great Lake 2009
The Prek Toal bird colonies are the only remaining breeding site in South-east Asia for two Globally Threatened species, Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis and Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea. They are also the largest remaining site for six more Globally Threatened or Near-threatened species, namely the Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster, Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilus javanicus, Greater Adjutant Leptoptilus dubius, Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus, Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala and Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus). In 2003 a comprehensive monitoring program was put in place, aiming to monitor the population size and detect the annual population trends of the above mentioned key species at Prek Toal. This report presents the result from the 2008/09 colony monitoring work.
The Status and Conservation of Asian Elephants in the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area, Cambodia
The Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area (SBCA) is a globally important area for biodiversity conservation located in eastern Cambodia. Established in 2002 and managed by the Forestry Administration it is the site of a long-term conservation program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Cambodia Program. The vision of the area is “a well-managed forest landscape that supports increasing wildlife populations and improving livelihoods for the people who currently live there”. This is to be achieved by a combination of protected areas management, engaging local stakeholders and programs to stabilise land-use. The results of this study form the first robust defensible estimate of elephant population size for Cambodia, and only the second such estimate for the Lower Mekong region. The SBCA elephant population was found to be larger than expected and is probably part of a metapopulation with elephants moving between the SBCA and other areas of elephant habitat in Mondulkiri and possibly beyond. The SBCA elephant population is therefore of regional importance particularly because it is not yet isolated (in contrast to many other Southeast Asian elephant populations) and because extensive areas of elephant habitat remain in Mondulkiri suggesting that with effective protection the province’s elephant populations could increase significantly. There are few other places with such potential in Southeast Asia. The results have shown that the new techniques of fecal DNA based capture–recapture surveys are feasible and informative for the low-density elephant populations typical of Cambodia and elsewhere in Asia as well as in Africa.
Tmatboey Community-based Ecotourism Project, Cambodia
The Northern Plains of Cambodia is an area of exceptional importance for biodiversity conservation due to the unique assemblage of endangered wildlife found in the deciduous dipterocarp forests. Local people live in small scattered villages and depend heavily on rain-fed rice field agriculture and natural resources for their livelihoods. Two of the wildlife species present – the Giant and Whiteshouldered Ibises – are amongst the rarest birds in the world and are highly sought after by international bird-watchers and naturalists. Combined with the Northern Plains’ accessibility from Cambodia’s main tourism destination of Angkor, at Siem Reap, this makes the area of high potential for ecotourism. Encouraged by a high initial level of demand, WCS has supported a communitybased ecotourism project since 2004 at Tmatboey village in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary.
WCS Cambodia Newsletter, January 2017
This WCS monthly newsletter contains articles on the Royal Turtle, Sarus Cranes, Grassland ecosystem, and White-shouldered Ibis.
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