Environmental Education Program
Environmental Education Program
Rural and remote populations, especially in the conservation areas often have low levels of education and understanding of environment, conservation and climate change. Adaptation and sustainable use of the natural resources is also limited and lives rely on the natural resources, forest products and agriculture.
In 2005 we recorded habitats and wildlife in relatively good condition, but with population growth, those natural resources have significantly declined. Wildlife and habitats are increasingly under threat. Understanding that educating the children about their environment was essential for sustainable development, alongside the model of conservation through community based ecotourism, we decided to implement an environmental education program in and around the ecotourism community areas.
Started with 405 students around Tmatboey, Prolay and Ang Trapaeng Thmor areas
In 2016 we reached 1,200 youth and significantly expanded the communities reached
There are 10 sessions in the program covering environment, conservation and protection, pollution, climate change, painting, bird watching and ecotourism.
The classes are run by the SVC Guide team over low season – and we see this program as a critical investment in the future of conservation in Cambodia.
Conservation through community-based ecotourism is at the heart of our model, mission and vision. 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.
The future of the Environmental Education?
We now need to upgrade our reach training approach and materials, and are building a long term plan to implement this. This plan requires significant investment and funding however, which we are exploring.
You can help SVC’s work in conservation, education and community support directly, even if you can’t make it on a Cambodian birding and wildlife adventure with us. We take no management or administration cut from your donation, so you can be assured that it’s all going to support wildlife conservation and our communities.
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