The forests of Cambodia cover more than half the country. About 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and an estimated 70 percent rely almost entirely on agriculture and forestry for their livelihoods. But decades of armed conflict and political insecurity have left a legacy of environmental destruction.
The Supporting Forestry and Biodiversity (SFB) Project aims to improve conservation and governance of priority forest landscapes to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity. The program helps improve the effectiveness of government and other key natural resource managers to sustainably manage forests. It also promotes community participation in forest management decisions. Through constructive dialogue on forest management and economic development, the project works to foster trust between communities, the government and the private sector.
Under the SFB project, communities are trained to protect their forests by patrolling the woods to stop poaching and illegal logging. They are also trained on how to generate income from ecotourism and non-timber forest products, such as resin and honey. By working closely with the Cambodian government, the project assists forest communities in obtaining the legal rights to manage the land they've lived on for generations.