OUR IMPACT

Southeast Asia is at the epicenter of the global extinction crisis. Despite this, the majority of the region’s protected areas are ‘paper parks’; simply lines on maps and letters on pages that offer almost no protection to the species they intend to protect. Wildlife Alliance delivers a unique and successful model of hands-on direct protection to 1.3 million hectares of the Cardamom Mountains rainforest, one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia.

OUR IMPACT

South East Asia is at the epicenter of the global extinction crisis. Despite this, the majority of the region’s protected areas are ‘paper parks’; simply lines on maps and letters on pages that offer almost no protection to the species they intend to protect. Wildlife Alliance delivers a unique and successful model of hands-on direct protection to 1.3 million hectares of the Cardamom Mountains rainforest, one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia.

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Snares removed from the forest floor
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Animals rescued from hunters
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Chainsaws seized used for illegal deforestation
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Poachers and loggers taken to court
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Hectares of rainforest protected
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Snares removed from the forest floor
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Animals rescued from hunters
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Chainsaws seized used for illegal deforestation
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Poachers and loggers taken to court

DIRECT PROTECTION

The cost of keeping the Cardamom Mountains rainforest standing is constant vigilance. Wildlife Alliance manages 10 ranger stations that carry out more than 4000 patrols covering around 140,000 km every year. Without our direct protection, the Cardamom Mountains are at risk of being cleared for conversion to agriculture, industry, and real estate sales. Wildlife Alliance’s approach has proven successful in maintaining continuous rainforest cover, achieving zero elephant poaching since 2006, as well as supporting the recovery of populations of ungulates and small-medium carnivores.

DIRECT PROTECTION

The cost of keeping the Cardamom Mountains rainforest standing is constant vigilance. Wildlife Alliance manages 10 ranger stations that carry out more than 4000 patrols covering around 140,000 km every year. Without our direct protection, the Cardamom Mountains are at risk of being cleared for conversion to agriculture, industry, and real estate sales. Wildlife Alliance’s approach has proven successful in maintaining continuous rainforest cover, achieving zero elephant poaching since 2006, as well as supporting the recovery of populations of ungulates and small-medium carnivores.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Dedicated law enforcement rangers patrol the Cardamom Mountains by ground, water, and air. Each station is on alert 24 hours a day and often spend days at a time camping in remote areas of the forest in pursuit of illegal loggers and poachers. They remove snares; confiscate illegal timber and chainsaws; dismantle illegal charcoal kilns, sawmills and poachers’ camps; halt illegal land encroachment; and rescue wildlife from poachers. Just the knowledge of our rangers’ constant presence in the forest often serves a deterrent to poaching and illegal logging.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Dedicated law enforcement rangers patrol the Cardamom Mountains by ground, water, and air. Each station is on alert 24 hours a day and often spend days at a time camping in remote areas of the forest in pursuit of illegal loggers and poachers. They remove snares; confiscate illegal timber and chainsaws; dismantle illegal charcoal kilns, sawmills and poachers’ camps; halt illegal land encroachment; and rescue wildlife from poachers. Just the knowledge of our rangers’ constant presence in the forest often serves a deterrent to poaching and illegal logging.

WALLS OF DEATH

The greatest threat facing biodiversity in Southeast Asia is hunting. While many hunting methods are used, the predominant method is homemade snares. Snares are like landmines for animals — every snare is a potential death sentence — and almost every species can fall victim to them, from pangolins to elephants. Made from rope or wire, snares are inexpensive to make and easy to set up meaning they can be laid over the course of kilometers in just a short period, forming walls of death. In addition to deterring poachers from setting snares, Wildlife Alliance rangers have removed approximately 250,000 from the Cardamom Mountains Rainforest, potentially saving the lives of thousands of animals.

WALLS OF DEATH

The greatest threat facing biodiversity in Southeast Asia is hunting. While many hunting methods are used, the predominant method is homemade snares. Snares are like landmines for animals — every snare is a potential death sentence — and almost every species can fall victim to them, from pangolins to elephants. Made from rope or wire, snares are inexpensive to make and easy to set up meaning they can be laid over the course of kilometers in just a short period, forming walls of death. In addition to deterring poachers from setting snares, Wildlife Alliance rangers have removed approximately 250,000 from the Cardamom Mountains Rainforest, potentially saving the lives of thousands of animals.

ZONING & DEMARCATION

Wildlife Alliance facilitates zoning and demarcation of land for local communities so families can claim enough land for permanent agriculture or other livelihoods. This is a participatory process that represents the first step in engaging communities in the responsible management of their natural resources. We install visible markers on the ground so everyone can clearly see where the agreed boundaries are. This achieves two benefits: it provides the local communities with clear land ownership and also provides clear boundaries for the strictly protected rainforest.

ZONING & DEMARCATION

Wildlife Alliance facilitates zoning and demarcation of land for local communities so families can claim enough land for permanent agriculture or other livelihoods. This is a participatory process that represents the first step in engaging communities in the responsible management of their natural resources. We install visible markers on the ground so everyone can clearly see where the agreed boundaries are. This achieves two benefits: it provides the local communities with clear land ownership and also provides clear boundaries for the strictly protected rainforest.