Conservation Projects in Cambodia’s Cardamoms

March 2, 2015 by | Filed Under: Cambodia, News, Responsible Tourism

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Cambodia has long been known for its natural beauty having one of the largest fresh water sources in Southeast Asia and being one of the main countries to host the mighty Mekong River. Cambodia’s natural resources provide immense biodiversity. However, due to the unstable political conditions and uncontrolled development over the past sixty years, these places of natural beauty are becoming degraded and depleted due to the needs of a developing country and a rapidly growing population.

Western Cambodia’s mountainous region known as the Cardamoms, one of the last areas of unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife habitat in the country, is home to an abundance of plant and animal species. The Cardamoms have attracted attention from large international non-government organizations (NGOs) such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildlife Alliance, Flora & Fauna International and Conservation International. All of these international conservation organizations have a great interest in helping Cambodian nature lovers to study and preserve the incredible biodiversity of the area and encourage sustainable use of the natural resources.

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The animal species inhabiting the Cardamom Mountains hotspot include: black bears, sun bears, pangolins, Asian elephants, Indochinese tigers, and many more rare and threatened species. In Chi Pat there is a community-based tourism (CBT) project that converts former wildlife poachers into tour guides. This low-income community has now become a training center and hotspot for tourism and wildlife enthusiasts. One of the guides that works with Khiri Travel in Chi Phat is nature guide Mr. Leheng, a true nature and wildlife enthusiast.

Khiri Travel Cambodia can offer exciting adventures to explore the Cardamom forest via trekking, biking, camping and/or early morning kayaking when the birds and other animal life are more active and easier to spot. These tours are a double benefit in that they provide sustainable jobs in the community and protect against deforestation, habitat destruction and wildlife poaching.

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