Factsheet: Seima Community-Based Production Forestry

January 2014

In what is a big step towards commercial community forestry, Cambodia’s Forest Administration, in partnership with RECOFTC, and with technical assistance and funding, from the Wildlife Conservation Society, began pilot testing in 2008 community-based production forestry in the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area. It is an innovation unlike any other in the region in which communities are allowed to set up forest-logging operations in buffer-zone forest. The goal is to create a model for the legal trade of responsible forest products that will restrict encroachment and conversion while improving livelihoods and reducing poverty among the people living near the forest.