On 28 July, it’s World Nature Conservation Day!

This year’s theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. This is part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which is focused on regenerating nature! While we lead projects on reforestation and sustainable agriculture, we prefer protection to restoration!

But forget the theme, World Nature Conservation Day is worth celebrating! Here’s our how-to guide:

3 ways to celebrate World Nature Conservation Day

1Visit the Southern Cardamom National Park

The Cardamoms is a vital hub for biodiversity and as well as an important carbon sink. That makes forest protection essential. You can help! Our ecotourism sites support forest protection efforts. 

There’s an adventure for everyone in the Cardamoms, and we have a range of options according to your travel preference and budget. What do they have in common? Your stay keeps the forest standing. 

Chi Phat is Cambodia’s premier community ecotourism destination. Here, you can live the adventure of the Cardamoms! Guests can choose to trek through the jungle,  kayak the placid Piphot,  visit caves to see ancient burial jars, meet animals at the Wildlife Release Station all within a stone’s throw of comfortable bungalows and delicious food! 

For more information and booking, check out the Chi Phat website here

Meanwhile, guests can feel on top of the world at sister site, Steung Areng 

Just a short drive from the capital Phnom Penh, guests can enjoy one of the best views in Cambodia! Guests can:

  • climb a mountain
  • go mountain biking
  • go bird watching

After all that adventure, you’ll need a good night’s sleep! There are a few options for accommodation, including homestays for a slice of authentic village life or camping on the mountain top!

For more information and booking, check out the  Steung Areng website

2Buy carbon credits

Forest protection in the tropical belt is challenging work, and Cambodia is no exception. The Cardamoms is one of the largest unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia, so there is a lot of ground to cover!  Since 2001, our rangers have patrolled 1.3 million hectares of forest to keep the Cardamoms safe from loggers and poachers. The results speak for themselves: 7,393m³ illegal timber seized, 339,238 snares removed, and almost 7,000 animals saved. That’s not all: since 2006, the rangers have achieved zero elephant poaching. 

But results like these are only possible with substantial funding, including from the Southern Cardamoms REDD+ Project. 

The Project was initiated by the Ministry of Environment in January 2019, and is implemented by Wildlife Alliance. Besides enabling forest protection, the project brings manifold benefits for rural livelihoods. Thanks to the Project, some 16,000 people enjoy improved employment opportunities via the Chi Phat community ecotourism site, plus scholarships, and now better connectivity and health outcomes through financial assistance for transport infrastructure and Covid relief

Not to mention of course the long-term benefits: reduced climate impacts. While other parts of the country experience crippling droughts and water shortages, communities in the Cardamoms rarely run dry. 

So while carbon credits are all about reducing emissions, that’s not all they do! You can offset your carbon footprint while helping communities in the Cardamoms to flourish! Your contribution can directly sponsor activities such as sponsorships, building a visitor centre for sister community ecotourism site Steung Areng and much more! For more information, check out Stand For Trees.

3Support Alternative Livelihoods and Communities

If you can’t visit Cambodia and carbon credits aren’t for you, don’t fret, you can still make a difference! Donations to our Alternative Livelihoods and Communities fund will go directly to communities involved in our sustainable agriculture project, Sovanna Baitong

However, you choose to celebrate World Nature Conservation Day, remember your choices can make an impact! 

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Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt.

Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt.

Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt.

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