Bringing sustainable livelihoods to communities through birding and wildlife ecotourism is a major contributor to the conservation of habitats and species in some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable areas.
Over 50% of your money goes to community development, investment and conservation.
There are many ways in which we can see clear benefits. This unique approach and collaboration with rural communities, the Royal Government of Cambodia and Wildlife Conservation Society Cambodia (WCS) has, in the last two years alone:
In the last two years alone we have achieved
$89,500 in earnings for the communities
$29,000 in Community Conservation Contributions - funds spent by the communites, for the communities
$123,300 Investment in infrastructure and development to improve tourism value at communities
$138,000 in supporting direct conservation activities
Where your money goes
Over the last ten years we have seen stronger communities with an organized voice and paths by which to speak about unsustainable activities, conservation issues and community issues in their areas.
During the rainy season SVC guides are passing on their identification skills to local guides at the sites we visit to ensure the best chance of locating target species when we visit by using up-to-date local knowledge.
The SVC guides also train the villagers in western hygiene, cooking and guest house management so that tourism provides the village with a livelihood and helps to improve living standards.
We work with 7 communities alongside WCS in the protected areas, plus partner with an additional community. Over the coming months we will be developing profiles on each of these amazing communities.
Prey Veng Ecotourism Community
Tmatbeoy Ecotourism Community
Meet the legend that is Dep Oun, Head of the Tmatboey Ecotourism Community since 2006 in this interview by WCS. Read more
Dong Plet Ecotourism Community
Soung Cheang Ecotourism Community (Bengal Florican Conservation Area)
Prolay Ecotourism Community (Bengal Florican Conservation Area)
Sambour Ecotourism Community (ATT)
Andong Kralong Ecotourism Community (Jahoo Gibbon Camp/Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary)
Understanding that educating children about their environment was essential for sustainable development, alongside the model of conservation through community based ecotourism, in 2014 we implemented a youth Environmental Education Program in and around the ecotourism community areas.
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In the last two years alone, Cambodian wildlife conservation and ecotourism organisation Sam Veasna Center have delivered. Keyfacts In the last two years alone we have achieved $89,500 in earnings for the communities $29,000 in Community Conservation Contributions -...read more