Within Cambodia, WCS is working with local communities and the Royal Government of Cambodia to develop sub-national REDD projects in the Seima Protection Forest (SPF) and the Northern Plains (NP), two forest landscapes of national and global importance.
Work on the SPF REDD project in Mondulkiri Province was launched in mid-2008 with the completion of an independent feasibility study by Winrock International, which concluded that the proposed project was highly feasible and that even under a conservative scenario would avoid millions of tons of carbon emissions. WCS is now working with the RGC's Forestry Administration to complete the Project Design Document (PDD), which will be submitted for verification by the Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance in 2010.
Following WCS's experience in the SPF, a similar feasibility assessment is currently underway in the NP in Preah Vihear Province, and will be completed in early 2010. Preliminary results are promising, and it is very likely that at least some management units would be able to proceed to PDD development during 2010.
WCS has worked with government and other partners in both landscapes for almost a decade. In doing so we have built strong collaborations and excellent levels of trust with key stakeholders at all levels, including groundbreaking work with many communities on natural resource management and diversifying livelihoods.
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