The Cambodian government has established six protected areas to safeguard the Bengal Florican, totaling more than 310 km2, within the Tonle Sap grasslands. These areas are called Bengal Florican Conservation Areas (BFCAs). These BFCAs benefit both wildlife and local communities, whilst leaving room for intensive development activities elsewhere.
A partnership of NGOs and government agencies is working to establish management systems for these BFCAs. Elected community management committees have been set up at two of the BFCAs. These committees represent the interests of communities who depend on these reserves for their livelihoods and participate in management and livelihood development activities.
All sites are patrolled by teams comprising government officers and selected members of the community. Local and national government agencies are involved in project activities, law enforcement and decision making. The status of the flagship species for the BFCAs, the Bengal Florican, is monitored annually and research on this species has been ongoing since 2002.
Project partners include WCS, the Forestry Administration, the Fisheries Administration, the Ministry of Environment, Centre d'Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien (CEDAC), the Sam Veasna Center (SVC), the University of East Anglia and the Angkor Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity.
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