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Annual Report 2017

2018-04-17Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Another chapter of success
 
Each year we reinforce our position as the leading national non-profit advocate for conservation and sustainable practices, and it is thanks to the support we receive from our partners that we have flourished as a force for change within UAE society.
 
We hope you enjoy reading about our successful activities and achievements in our Annual Report 2017, and that you share them with others who may wish to support our ongoing efforts to preserve the natural assets of the UAE.


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التقرير السنوي 2017

2018-04-17Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) فصل جديد في قصة النجاح
 
عامٌ بعد عام، نعزز مكانتنا كجمعية وطنية غير ربحية رائدة في مجال الحفاظ على البيئة، والترويج للممارسات المستدامة، وذلك بفضل الدعم الذي نتلقاه من شركائنا؛ تلك الشراكات التي ازدهرت بقوة لتصبح قوة دافعة نحو التغيير في مجتمع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة.
 
نتمنى أن تستمتع بقراءة الفصل الجديد لقصة نجاحنا، والذي نسرده على صفحات التقرير السنوي 2017، وأن تشاركه مع الآخرين الذين يشاركونك نفس رغبتك المخلصة في دعم جهودنا المستمرة لحماية الأصول الطبيعية لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة.


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¿Contribuye el crecimiento turístico de las islas Galápagos al desarrollo económico sostenible?

2018-04-12Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) (English below)

Los ecosistemas de las islas Galápagos permiten el desarrollo de una amplia gama de actividades turísticas que dependen de la calidad del medio ambiente natural. El turismo es la fuente de ingresos más importante para la economía local y, debido a la fama internacional del archipiélago, el número de visitantes crece continuamente. Sin un manejo adecuado de este crecimiento, la expansión de la industria se convertiría gradualmente en una amenaza para el medio ambiente natural, el mismo que atrae la gran cantidad de visitantes. A pesar de la gran dependencia de la naturaleza, la contribución económica de los ecosistemas, únicos en la industria del turismo en las Galápagos, no ha sido cuanti cada socioeconómicamente. Hacerlo es esencial. Esta información contribuye a crear conciencia y ayuda a los tomadores de decisiones en la formulación de políticas a largo plazo relacionadas con la naturaleza y la gestión del turismo en las islas Galápagos.

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Does Tourism Growth in the Galapagos Islands Contribute to Sustainable Economic Development?

The ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands support a range of tourism activities that depend on the quality of the natural environment. Tourism is one of the most important sources of income for the local economy and due to the archipelago's international fame the number of visitors grows continuously. Without proper management of this growth, the expansion of the industry may increasingly threaten the natural environment, eventhough most visitors are attracted to the islands because of the unique nature and habitats found there. Despite the fact that tourism is highly connected to the condition of the environment, the economic contribution of the ecosystems to the industry has never been socioeconomically quantied. Investigation of the correlation between the tourism industry and the ecosystems is essential. This information can help raise awareness and assist policy-makers in long-term decisions concerning nature and tourism management in the Galapagos Islands.
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Annual Report 2017-WWF Cambodia

2018-04-10Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

"This year, we saw significant progress in our work alongside national and provincial governments that demonstrated their dedication in conservation work." 


Seng Teak
Country Director of WWF Cambodia


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European Habitats Forum Position Paper: EU Pollinator Initiative

2018-04-06Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) European environmental NGOs welcome the decision of the European Commission to launch an initiative to tackle the rapid decline of pollinators in Europe. Invertebrates are at the very heart of our ecosystems and their precipitous decline presents a crisis for agriculture and the health of the environment across the EU.

This position paper of the European Habitats Forum shows that resolute action is needed to halt the decline of pollinators and the pollination service they provide. The Pollinators Initiative must not shy away from addressing the real drivers and pressures behind pollinator decline, including intensive agriculture, pesticide use and land use change. This initiative must introduce measurable changes benefiting pollinators and biodiversity at large scale by protecting and restoring pollinators' habitats. Only then can we ensure the long-term sustainability of pollination in Europe.


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"Okay Oak" a case study on responsible sourcing of white Oak from the Russian Far East

2018-04-04Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) "Okay Oak" is a case study presented by WWF and  Metropolitan Flooring, a Canadian-American flooring manufacturer and distributor, offering guidance and best practices for white Oak sourcing in China and Russia. 

Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica) is a CITES listed species. It is often harvested illegally and unsustainably from forests in the Russian Far East (RFE).  The oak then flows over the Russian and Chinese borders and is often mixed in mills with oak from other parts of the world like the US and Europe.  Companies sourcing oak from China could be unknowingly purchasing wood that has been illegally or unsustainably harvested if they don't practice due care. 
 
But sourcing responsible Mongolian oak is possible! Read the case study here. 


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Nuigini Toksave: March 2018

2018-03-19Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) You will learn from this edition, the work the WWF-Pacific Papua New Guinea Country Office  is doing at  our project sites  in the Kutubu where WWF is working with local landowners to protect our Iconic Bird of Paradise. In Madang, we continue our climate resilient work through our community led mangrove project along the north coast  area.

We also bring you a special report on how we are working to build  financial  resilience  for  23  communities  through a micro  village  savings  and  loans  initiative.  This  project aims to increase the capacity of often vulnerable families and  individuals  to  become  better  financial  managesr  by providing  access  to  basic  financial  literacy  training  and savings scheme.  


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La Vida Silvestre en el Calentamiento Global

2018-03-16Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) El cambio climático provocado por el hombre es real, está sucediendo ahora y es uno de los mayores desafíos que enfrentamos en la Tierra. 

La quema de combustibles fósiles durante décadas, aunada a una deforestación desenfrenada, está provocando un impacto innegable en nuestro hogar.

En todas las regiones del mundo estamos viendo que los peligros hipotéticos del pasado se están convirtiendo en las realidades del presente: los efectos del calentamiento global ya pueden medirse, son graves y serán peores.

Desde el ascenso de los niveles del mar hasta el retroceso de los glaciares, desde el incremento de la frecuencia y severidad de los fenómenos climáticos extremos hasta el calentamiento de los océanos, las repercusiones ambientales de la temperatura planetaria se mani estan a nuestro alrededor. Entre tanto, las sociedades humanas -especialmente en el mundo en desarrollo- están contabilizando los costos, hay regiones que se han vuelto a vivir, la seguridad alimentaria baja, los recursos hídricos decrecen y se necesitan nuevas medidas para frenar la expansión de las enfermedades.

Pese al compromiso que demostraron las naciones del mundo al concertar en 2015 el acuerdo de París sobre el cambio climático, es previsible que se presente muchas más calamidades provocadas por la alteración del clima. Y somos testigos de algo más: estos impactos ambientales son provocadores de los grupos de las especies.

Este informe resume un proyecto de investigación pionero de WWF, que desarrollamos en asociación con expertos del Centro Tyndall para el cambio climático, de la Universidad de Anglia del Este. Nuestros hallazgos son producto del análisis global más completo hasta hoy sobre los cambios previstos en el rango climático de las plantas y

los animales, y exponer un panorama sobre la relación entre las temperaturas globales y el estado de la vida silvestre y los ecosistemas que nos rodean.

La investigación examina los impactos previsibles que un conjunto de escenarios de alto riesgo en diferentes grupos de 35 Sitios Prioritarios para la conservación. Estas regiones albergan parte de la biodiversidad más extensa y maravillosa del planeta, muchas especies icónicas, endémicas y en peligro de extinción. Aunque los resultados son geniales, salen a la luz.


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WWF Baltic Sea Action Plan Scorecard 2018

2018-03-13Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Ten years after the original Baltic Sea Action Plan was signed, the recovery of the Baltic Sea remains slow - and is in some respects worsening. "The Baltic Sea Action Plan Scorecard 2018", a report by WWF, reveals that the Baltic Sea coastal countries are failing to deliver on their commitments for a healthy Baltic Sea by 2021 and show little indication that this will change.

The Baltic Sea Action Plan Scorecard 2018 assesses the progress by HELCOM contracting countries towards their Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) commitments. The results are bleak showing insufficient progress across all four themes addressed by the Action Plan – eutrophication, hazardous substances, biodiversity and maritime activities. Of the 58 most significant and on-going actions assessed, under one third have been accomplished (16 out of 58 actions).

With only three years to go to the BSAP goal line of 2021, the Baltic Sea region countries face a massive challenge. The responsibility for restoring the Baltic Sea to good environmental health and improving its performance as an economic resource belongs to everyone. Despite country-by-country remedial measures, there remains a strong need for regional-scale action and Baltic-specific approaches, in particular for transnational sectors and issues such as shipping, oil spill response, management of shared fish stocks and eutrophication.


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Socio-Economic Outcomes of Conservation Interventions in Kangchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal

2018-03-09Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) The Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in Eastern Nepal is home to one of Nepal's unique and varied biodiversity, including flagship species such as the snow leopard. This study aims to quantify the economic and social benefits to KCA communities resulting from WWF Nepal's interventions from 2009 - 2017 through Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP), a joint initiative of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and WWF-Nepal. 


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¿Qué son las Salvaguardas Sociales y Ambientales para REDD+?

2018-03-06Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Ya está disponible una nueva guía para entender de qué se tratan las salvaguardas sociales y ambientales para REDD+ en Colombia. Como parte de los compromisos de Colombia en el marco de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático (CMNUCC), el país debe avanzar en la interpretación nacional de las Salvaguardas de Cancún. Por esto, desde el 2013 se viene realizando un proceso participativo y de diálogo entre comunidades, Estado y otros actores parte del proceso, con el fin de recoger insumos y herramientas que permitan cumplir con esta tarea. Para poder compartir los avances de la interpretación nacional de las Salvaguardas, el Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, con el apoyo de ONUREDD y WWF-Colombia, diseñaron una publicación a partir de los aportes de comunidades indígenas, afro y campesinas. Con esta publicación se espera que las comunidades locales puedan acercarse a las salvaguardas de manera efectiva y que puedan aplicarlas en el desarrollo de proyectos e iniciativas en sus territorios. Se trata también de una herramienta útil para las comunidades, instituciones y organizaciones para poner en marcha las medidas y acciones previstas en el Estrategia Integral de Control de la Deforestación y la Gestión de los Bosques, a punto de ser proclamada por el gobierno nacional. Las salvaguardas REDD+ son las "reglas de juego" para la implementación de cualquier iniciativa REDD+ en el país, y estas reglas deben ser conocidas, comprendidas y aplicadas por todos los actores que estén involucrados en el proceso. En otras palabras, son el conjunto de instrumentos, acuerdos, procesos y herramientas que permiten que en la implementación de Políticas, Medidas y Acciones REDD+ para afrontar las Causas de la deforestación, se disminuyan los riesgos, se fomenten los beneficios y se respeten los derechos de las comunidades y sus territorios. La publicación de Salvaguardas Sociales y Ambientales para REDD+, está disponible en formato impreso y digital, es una herramienta construida para contribuir a las comunidades indígenas, negras y campesinas a comprender de una manera sencilla las salvaguardas REDD+ y su aplicabilidad en Colombia. Si quieres conocer más sobre REDD+ , las salvaguardas de Cancún y su interpretación nacional puedes encontrar  la publicación aquí -------Suscríbete a nuestro boletín de noticias: Recibirás información sobre nuestros proyectos y campañas [...]


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Позиція WWF щодо розвитку малої гідроенергетики в Україні 2018

2018-03-01Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Політика щодо розвитку відновлюваних джерел енергії в Україні має враховувати як задоволення сучасних енергетичних потреб країни та дотримання міжнародних зобов'язань, так і захист інтересів майбутніх поколінь та забезпечення безпечного і здорового навколишнього середовища. Прийняття Закону України "Про внесення змін до деяких законів України щодо встановлення "зеленого" тарифу" (№ 601-17від 25.09.2008) у 2008 році стимулювало масштабне планування та реалізацію проектів з генерації електроенергії, виробленої з відновлюваних джерел, зокрема малої гідроенергетики.За 10 років на державному рівні так і не було розроблено стратегіo[...]


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Los Inkal Awá: dos países, un solo pueblo

2018-02-12Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000

¿Sabías que el pueblo Awá vive entre el sur de Colombia y el norte de Ecuador? Su población, de 40.500 personas y que protege más de 500 mil hectáreas de bosques y montañas, hoy lucha por la supervivencia. Aquí te compartimos una infografía para que te adentres en la historia de un pueblo indígena que conforma una nación más allá de las fronteras. Al suroccidente de Colombia y el norte de Ecuador se unen páramos, bosques de niebla, selva, manglar y los deltas de los ríos que atraviesan las montañas hasta el océano. Se trata de un exuberante refugio para numerosas especies únicas en el planeta y, también, para comunidades negras, campesinas e indígenas que han habitado estos territorios por generaciones y que hoy enfrentan, más que nunca, el desafío de supervivencia como pueblos. Allí viven los Inkal Awá, que en lengua Awapit significa "gente de la montaña". Están dispersos en pequeños poblados y casas en la profundidad de la selva, en la frontera sur de los departamentos de Nariño y Putumayo (Colombia), y en las provincias del Carchi, Imbabura y Esmeraldas (Ecuador).Guardia indígena Awá © Cristian Flores Paí / Felca Para Gabriel Teodoro Bisbicus, del Resguardo Gran Sábalo, "el territorio es un todo: es la selva, es la armonía, es el río, es la gente, es la producción, es el espíritu, es la vida, es la razón de ser Awá, es la existencia Awá. Los Awá pensamos que el territorio no se negocia, puesto que es nuestra vida y la vida no se negocia". La Unidad Indígena del Pueblo Awá -UNIPA, de la que es miembro Bisbicus, junto con el Cabildo Mayor Awá de Ricaurte - Camawari, y la Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas del Pueblo Awá del Putumayo - Acipap (Colombia), y la Federación de Centros Awá del Ecuador (FCAE), son las cuatro organizaciones indígenas que conforman la Gran Familia Awá Binancional (GFAB). En palabras de Rosalba Paí, líder awá, esta se encuentra "a uno y otro lado de la frontera. Eso es lo que queremos defender, y que la lucha sea una sola".Casa indígena Awá. Vereda Vuelta larga, Resguardo Inda sabaleta (Nariño) © Unipa GFAB y WWF: aliados por la conservación Hoy la región se enfrenta a grandes presiones y amenazas: expansión agroindustrial y minera, proyectos de infraestructura, cambio climático, y violencia, entre otros. Conservar el entorno y resistir estos fenómenos requiere de individuos y colectivos fortalecidos. Por ello, y durante más de dos décadas, WWF ha trabajado en esta región transfronteriza con el pueblo Awá como uno de sus principales aliados. Ambas organizaciones han encontrado un propósito común: la conservación de la diversidad biológica y cultural estos territorios. Luis Fernando Gómez, coordinador para la ecorregión Chocó Darién de WWF-Colombia, ha hecho parte de esta historia conjunta: "WWF ha apoyado a los awá desde los noventa. Durante estos años, junto con la Fundación Altrópico de Ecuador, se han gestionado proyectos para fortalecer los procesos organizativos de las cuatro organizaciones Awá, incluyendo la georreferenciación y delimitación de algunos de sus territorios, el desarrollo de alternativas de uso y aprovechamiento sostenible de la biodiversidad, la formación de líderes indígenas y el estableciendo alianzas con actores estratégicos a diferentes escalas". Como parte de este[...]


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Report on the medium and large terrestrial mammal species of Peperpot Nature park

2018-02-08Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000

(image) Peperpot Nature Park is well known among birdwatchers, but the mammal fauna was understudied. The intent to start with the large mammals started since tourist guides and the park management itself was curious to know about the existing medium and large size species. It is known that Mammals are part of key role functions in maintaining tropical rainforest, since they disperse seeds, pollinate, graze and feed on fruits. Read more in this fascinating report by Serano Ramcharan.
 


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WWF-Thailand Annual Report 2017

2018-01-31Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

เป็นระยะเวลา 42 ปีที่ WWF ได้เข้ามาดำเนินงานในประเทศไทยโดยมีเป้าหมายเพื่อหยุดยั้งความเสื่อมโทรมของสภาพแวดล้อมทางธรรมชาติของโลกและสร้างอนาคตที่เราสามารถอยู่ร่วมกับธรรมชาติได้อย่างยั่งยืนในปี 2017 WWF – ประเทศไทย ได้ดำเนินงานโครงการต่างๆ ในประเทศไทย อาทิ โครงการรณรงค์ต่อต้านการค้างาช้าง โครงการอนุรักษ์สัตว์ป่ากุยบุรี โครงการฟื้นฟูประชากรเสือโคร่งในอุทยานแห่งชาติแม่วงก์และอุทยานแห่งชาติคลองลาน โครงการรักษาความอุดมสมบูรณ์เทือกเขาถนนธงชัย – ตะนาวศรี โครงการอนุรักษ์ทรัพยากรน้ำจืดและพื้นที่ชุ่มน้ำในลุ่มน้ำโขงตอนล่าง โครงการเมืองน่าอยู่ รวมถึงโครงการที่เน้[...]


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Eastern Plains Landscape case studies show unrelenting illegal activities, but successful interventions amidst wider national crack down

2018-01-26Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Imagine a time in Cambodia where tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, and rare birds roamed freely, without any threat, and in large numbers. This was once a reality but unfortunately, those times are gone, and with it, their ancient habitat is threaten to be the next ecosystem brought to the edge of extinction creating further destruction. There is still hope, however, and the 27,400 km2 Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) including two wildlife sanctuaries, Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary (PPWS) and Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS), offers a chance to have these pockets of nature sustainably conserved. Even so, illegal logging of virgin forest is one of the main threats facing these wildlife sanctuaries. Reasons for illegal logging can include migrant populations logging to smuggle into neighboring countries; villagers logging luxury timber such as rosewood to make a living or to make furniture to sell; and land clearance for agriculture. Whatever the motives, illegal logging is rampant in the EPL and this quarter has revealed telling case studies and high numbers of confiscations from our hardworking patrolling teams. Patrolling is done in the wildlife sanctuaries periodically throughout the year and takes several forms. The rangers are responsible for patrolling the area and identifying illegal activities, conducting confiscations, issuing warning letters, and working with local authorities to make arrests and prosecutions if needed. Additionally, they are supported by mobile enforcement units (MEU) who respond to call outs and tip offs of illegal activities as well as conducting raids and spontaneous road blocks and checks. Lastly, in both sanctuaries there are community patrolling teams (CPT) working with rangers from the Ministry of Environment (MoE). 129 people involved this quarter operated primarily in the sanctuaries' core areas and extend patrol capacity and technical support, having the advantage of being fully integrated in the areas where we work. The WWF-Cambodia EPL program supports and trains rangers to evaluate and report their progress using Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools (SMART) and Management Effectiveness Tracking Tools (METT) making sure every location, item, and activity is tracked and recorded in details. Immediate outcomes for the second and third quarter (April – September 2017) are as follows: PPWS: 153 patrols, amounting equivalent to 424 days and 271 nights, were conducted. Patrolling teams covered a total distance of 6,725 km, and 716 timber logs as well as 67 chainsaws were confiscated. SWS: 359 patrols, amounting equivalent to 720 days and 466 nights, were conducted. Patrolling teams covered a total distance of 21,318 km, and 1,089 timber logs as well as 77 chainsaws were confiscated. Community Patrolling Team: 94 patrols were conducted amounting equivalent to 315 days and 223 nights covering 3,556 km; 322 timber logs and 25 chainsaws were confiscated. MEU: The Mobile Enforcement Unit confiscated 570 logs and 3 chainsaws. Approximately two long-tailed macaques were confiscated and released into the wild every month. 1,761 snares were collected and 323 warning letters issued in the PPWS and SWS during the reporting period. In one case the MEU confiscated 237 logs in the space of two days in June through roadblocks and checks during the night. In another case in May, a patrol raid led to the discovery of 150 logs that had been dumped in the SWS as the driver became aware of our rangers and fled to avoid prosecution. In September, after having received indications from an inform[...]


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Cambodian officials received intensive spatial planning training for the Eastern Plains Landscape

2018-01-26Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

In order to achieve the most sustainable outcomes of our projects in the Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL), the conservation areas need to be looked as a one whole landscape. This means not separating, for example, mining from deforestation, or large-scale agriculture from the subsistence farmer, or hydropower from river basin ecosystem services. By thinking of factors in isolation that are actually linked in reality, it will inevitably lead to negative and unforeseen consequences. This is where 'spatial planning' in conservation can help to reveal these linkages, provide a framework for making smart conservation decisions, and create a whole picture of a conservation area where it previously lacked. It links multiple users of an area at multiple scales, assessing what natural resources are being used, why, where, and how. To this end, a European Union (EU) funded project titled "Sustainable Biodiversity, Environmental, and Social Benefits in the Protected Areas of the Eastern Plains Landscape of Cambodia" conducted a two-day intensive spatial planning training session for a technical working group (TWG) comprising of various provincial department officials including Land Management, Urban Planning, Construction and Cadastre,  Multi-sector from Provincial Hall, Environment, Agriculture, Public work and transport, Mining and Energy, Planning and Tourism from the EPL. Over the two day workshop from 28th to 29th June, 2017 conducted at Pechrada guesthouse, Senmonorum, Mondulkiri province, the spatial planning coordinator of WWF-Cambodia, Ouch Mardy, and PhD student, Malyne Neang from Royal University of Agriculture provided conceptual learning of key spatial planning perspectives. The aim of the training was to prepare steps, through spatial planning, to further understand land use, urban planning, and monitoring systems within the EPL. Additionally, the purpose of this training was for the TWG to be empowered through their new and specialized knowledge and to carry that through to their project areas; improving activity planning and monitoring processes and ecosystem services. In true university style, the training was organized into four module sessions in a format consisting of formal lectures followed by practical exercises matching the new concepts and theory acquired. The practical exercises were organized to consolidate knowledge taught in the lecture and help the participants apply their new skills.  The four modules from the training focused on the spatial planning between ecosystems and industrial processes such as infrastructure, renewable energy, agriculture, agro-forestry, and mining. The modules were: green growth introduction, ecology intensity, best practices of sustainable agriculture in the EPL, and payment for environmental services programs. The two-day training course received dedicated participation and positive feedback from the TWG. The participants evaluated that they appreciated the practical, hands-on focus of the course and were satisfied with the technical level of the course for not being on the one hand too simple to be useful or, on the other hand, too complex to understand. However, they did indicate that additional time for some of the techniques would have been helpful and that perhaps a different, non-office setting might be better for course delivery in the future. Overall, the course was a success and has equipped EPL staff members with the spatial planning knowledge and expertise they need to enhance conservation work in the protected areas of Cambodia.[...]


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WWF convened Tiger Expert Committee to advance Cambodia's tiger reintroduction plan

2018-01-26Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

In an affirmation of the Cambodian government's commitment to the Tx2 goal of doubling wild tigers globally, the Prime Minister of Cambodia's publicly endorsed national plans to bring wild tigers back in August 2017. Riding on the momentum created by this show of support, WWF organized a meeting of global tiger experts to discuss the reintroduction of tigers in Cambodia. In September, Cambodian government officials met with specialists from India's National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Institute of India and experts of tiger conservation including Wildlife Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society, IUCN, Global Tiger Forum to discuss best practices and next steps for Cambodia's tiger reintroduction. The delegation first convened in Phnom Penh for an intensive three-day workshop before travelling to Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary to study the tiger reintroduction site.A Decade after Capturing the Last Wild Tiger Since the last camera trap image of a wild tiger in 2007 was captured inside the forests of the Eastern Plains Landscape, there has been no other evidence of wild tigers in Cambodia. This led conservationists to concur and announce in April 2016 that there is no breeding population of wild tigers in Cambodia. With this announcement, the development and implementation of the Cambodia Tiger Action Plan (CTAP) became even more pressing. Already approved by the Cambodian government, the CTAP would now be further developed to Detailed Tigers Operational Plan outline of a tiger reintroduction project in Cambodia. On 22nd August 2017, a decade after the last image of a wild tiger in Cambodia, the Prime Minister of Cambodia gave his public endorsement of the plan to bring wild tigers back to Cambodia, adding "The more tigers exist in Cambodia, the more pride we can have in our country." "Following the Prime Minister's public endorsement, there is no doubt that all of Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary's provincial authorities fully support the tiger reintroduction," says H.E Svay SamEang, Provincial Governor of Mondulkiri. "I highly await the opportunity to collaborate with countries like India, where tigers were successfully reintroduced to different reserves within their country," he added.  Potential Benefits from Ecotourism Once known as the 'Serengeti of Asia' by conservationists throughout the 1950s, Cambodia's diverse ecosystems boasted of tigers, leopards, elephants and the now-extinct kouprey (wild cow). By the 1990s, the population of wildlife species dwindled due to rampant poaching and illegal wildlife trade. Tiger reintroduction can only happen when critical conditions for effective protected area management are met," said Seng Teak, WWF-Cambodia's Country Director, "This means that improved law enforcement strategies must be diligently implemented and the safety of local communities and habitat integrity assured." If tiger reintroduction is successful, Cambodia is expected to reap significant benefits from tiger-focused ecotourism. Taking India's positive examples, tiger-focused ecotourism can create job opportunities, provide alternative livelihoods to poaching and logging, while providing a boost to the development of the province, bringing in infrastructure such as better roads, electricity, water and schools. It is understandable that people do everything they need to keep their families alive," said Vanleang Buth, a restaurant owner in Sen Monorom - the provincial city in the Eastern Plains Landscape, where tigers are planned for reintroduction. Buth is aware of illegal fo[...]


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Visioning workshop for developing world class wildlife tourism in Mondulkiri province

2018-01-26Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

What are viable future goals? What would success look like? What can be learned from measures that ensured success in India?Using the Open Standards Conservation Planning process, envoys of the Cambodian ministries of Tourism (MoT) and Ministry of Environment (MoE), Mekong Tourism Board, Government of India's Karnataka Ecotourism Board, as well as WWF-Cambodia conducted a conference in order to develop a joint vision for the implementation of tiger-based wildlife tourism in the Mondulkiri province—a workshop which was also supported by the EU. Aiming out to achieve set milestones by 2030 also involved the discussion of critical actions required to successfully establish world class wildlife tourism, with the outcomes of firstly bringing benefits to the area's inhabitants and secondly opening doors to sustainably finance protected area management and conservation within the province. WWF-Cambodia's country director Seng Teak's opening speech started off the workshop, which was held from 4th to 6th October at Hotel Sunway, Phnom Penh. Mr. Meas Sophal (Ministry of Environment) summarized recent plans and conceivable specific economic benefits closely linked to the reintroduction of tigers into Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape, and Jens Thraenhart from the Mekong Tourism Board informed the audience about general tourism trends—global and in the Mekong region. Elaborating the purport of his previous speaker, Vinay Lutra (Karnataka Ecotourism Board, Government of India) depicted observations and gave examples of fruitful wildlife tourism practice in India, including a program in which by voluntarily converting their property into wildlife-friendly land and therefore creating new corridors called "community reserves", locals are being paid by the government. He pointed out four lessons learned from their country's tiger conservation, some of which may seem obvious but yet are of highest priority: the required strict area protection, suitable prey numbers, intact habitat, and last but not least, gene pool mixing. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) of India earmarks tourist transport restrictions of 40 jeeps per day inside tiger areas, as well as a total ban of private vehicles. Also, due to the fact that the sight of a tiger can by far not be guaranteed to visitors and tour participants but the species' conservation also leads to a generally healthier ecosystem, even tiger-based ecotourism can set out to focus on general wildlife viewing: bringing people closer to nature, letting them experience ecological sensitivity, and ultimately enabling locals to earn revenues. Newly built jungle lodges in India are all located outside of forest land, are mostly composed of local material and, as they don't feature air-conditioning or television for example, are kept rather simple. Including all meals and safari activities, one charges some three hundred dollars for a night in high season, and yet the occupancy amounts to 95% at least, while classic hotels and home-stays remain a popular alternative to mid-level and younger tourists. When applied to Cambodia, the numbers are expected to remain just as prosperous, and the country even harbours some benefits, for example when comparing current tourists counts: Cambodia is twenty times smaller than India, but attracts with approximately 5 million compared to 8.8 million people (both as of 2016) already more than half of India's annual foreign visitor numbers. A few ten-thousand visitors in Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri, a[...]


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