RECOFTC in Cambodia
RECOFTC’s main focus in Cambodia is to help local communities and the government establish legal community forestry sites countrywide and ensure their long-term economic viability. Here we overview the Cambodia project portfolio and highlight other activities contributing to a better future for Cambodia’s people and forests.
Enhancing Rural Livelihoods Project, 2011–2014
Building on the work of CBSFLMP, this project will work in the same seven provinces, plus two additional provinces, to help take 200 villages already involved in community forestry further. For some, the focus will be securing legal agreements; for those with agreements, the focus will be management planning and enterprise development. The project will also systematically identify other potential sites in the provinces and raise community awareness of the opportunities provided by community forestry and emerging systems such as REDD+. The European Commission is providing funding, and Oxfam Great Britain and the Forestry Administration are key partners.
Krub Krong Prey Chhey Yeung (Manage Our Forests) project, 2009–2011
Active in the Kampong Thom and Kratié provinces, this project focuses on helping 21 villages create and implement management plans for 20 community forests. These plans will be among the first in the country and the learning and training tools developed under the project are expected to be rolled out for the National Community Forestry Program. Ayuda, Intercambio y Desarrollo (AIDA), a Spanish NGO, is co-implementing the project, and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation in Development (AECID) is providing funding.
Prakas Project, 2008–2012
Working in four provinces in northeast Cambodia, this project is helping 3,200 households from 29 villages secure 16 community forests. Once legal agreements are in place, the project will then help establish community forest management plans and explore enterprise development opportunities. This project also involves the Spanish NGO Cives Mundi and three local NGOs. AECID provides funding.
Capacity Building for Sustainable Forest and Land Management Project (CBSFLMP), 2006–2010
This flagship project, based on training and partnership building, has helped secure local forests under community management for 60,000 households in seven provinces. In collaboration with local governments, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), and communities, RECOFTC and Cambodia’s Forestry Administration have partnered to implement this project. It was funded by the Japan Social Development Fund and administered by the World Bank.
RECOFTC plays an active role in initiatives that are shaping the future of participatory sustainable forest management in Cambodia. RECOFTC is a member of the Technical Working Group on Forestry and Environment (TWG-F&E), the National Forest Program Task Force (NFPTF), and Cambodia's National REDD Task Force. In 2010, RECOFTC began a national community forestry capacity-building needs assessment.
A host of RECOFTC’s regional initiatives have activities in Cambodia. These include: