As a country with some of the world’s highest deforestation rates in the world, Cambodia’s rainforests have taken a hard hit over the last few decades. In fact, between 2001 and 2014, Cambodia lost 1.59 million hectares of tree cover, releasing around the same amount of carbon as Canada’s energy consumption in 2011.
Despite this, with support from the Cambodian Government, Wildlife Alliance actively protects over 1 million hectares of rainforest in the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape, making it Cambodia’s best protected forest and one of the country’s last rainforest strongholds. However, the forest is continuously under threat. Wildlife Alliance’s rangers recorded a 650% increase in confiscated illegal chainsaws and a 300% increase in hunting snares removed or destroyed between 2015 and 2018.
Our rangers work tirelessly all year round to protect the iconic Cardamom Mountains Rainforest. Find out how you can get involved to help protect one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests below: