Community monitoring of forest resources in Cambodia
IFRO project coordinator:
The flora of Cambodia rank as the least known yet most intact among the unique and diverse floras of tropical Asia. The country harbor valuable and endemic plant communities that has never been collected and described in a systematic manner. In recent years, the growing demand for land has attracted large-scale concessionaires to these habitats for agro-businesses. Foreign companies are presently deforesting natural landscapes in Cambodia at an alarming pace often to the detriment of local communities depending on nearby forests resources and ecological services.
The project will undertake the first systematic botanical explorations of some of Cambodia’s distinctive forest habitats by engaging residential communities in participatory surveys of species compositions and vegetation structure. The resulting data will be used to compare the floristic constitution of forest fragments, assess biogeographic relationships between distant sites, and evaluate livelihood importance of plant resources. The baseline data will be used to identify and assess those sites with the highest conservation and livelihood values.
The project is a continuation of ecological and livelihood surveys undertaken in Cambodia for the past 7 years in collaboration with The Forestry Administration Cambodia (FA), The University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA), the Herbarium at Chiang Mai University (CMU), Conservation International (CI), and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). In 2014, collaboration with Danmission and The Prey Long Community Network (PLCN) will begin. All project partners have an abiding interest in floristic exploration and the conservation of Cambodia’s plant resources for the benefit of local people.
January 2014 - December 2017
Sources of financing:
Danida, WWF Denmark, Conservation International, Blue Moon Fund.
Ida Theilade, Senior researcher, receives this year's Innovation Prize for the initiative "It's Our Forest Too". Together with students, NGOs and an IT company, Theilade has developed an app that helps local forest patrols document and prevent illegal logging in Cambodia. The initiative has shown that local populations can play an important role in monitoring and protecting the environment.
Kampen om Cambodjas regnskov
Cambodia: Forests, Water, Life
REDD in Prey Long - short edition
REDD in Prey Long - long edition
Articles about the project:
Scientific study from KU in Phnom Penh Post 5th July 2015 (The Phnom Penh Post, July 2015)
Lokale folk moniterer illegal logging. (In danish, Danmission magazine, July 2015)
De forsvarer deres tropeskov med hjælp fra danske forskere og studerende (In danish, ku.dk, December 2015)
Virkeligheden er absurd i Cambodja (In danish, ku.dk, December 2015)
Dansk-cambodiansk skovprojekt vinder førstepris i USA (In Danish, ku.dk, February 2017)
‘Positive impact’: Prey Lang forest app wins award (The Phnom Penh Post, October 2018)
Ida Theilade receives the UCPH Innovation Prize 2018 (ifro.ku.dk, November 2018)
Prey Lang activists laud researcher’s accolade (The Phnom Penh Post, November 2018)
Loggers detained in wildlife sanctuary (The Phnom Penh Post, December 2018)