Ministry of Environment and Two Stakeholders Provide Community Development Agreements to 20 Villages

Cambodia's Ministry of Environment (MoE), Provincial Authorities, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) provided today local communities from 20 villages with Community Development Agreements under Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS)'s REDD+ project (Reduced Emissions from avoided Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

According to a WCS' press release, this agreement will provide them with a large share of the revenue from KSWS' carbon credit sales for use in implementing their prioritised village development plans, with typical activities including improving access to clean water and providing community meeting buildings.

Situated in Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces, KSWS is home to over 60 flora and fauna species listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List. KSWS is of international importance for the conservation of primates (including the world's largest known populations of Black-shanked Douc Langur and a large population of Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon), various species of wildcat, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Banteng and several species of bird including Green Peafowl.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press