Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt. Our mission is to combat deforestation, extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments.
Oct 21, 2013

24 Tons of Rosewood and Luxury Timber Seized

Pulling Wood Out of the River
Pulling Wood Out of the River

On August 25th and September 28th, 2013 Wildlife Alliance patrol units halted two illegal shipments of rosewood in the middle of the rainforest, after intense pursuits on Sre Ambel River. Just before the traffickers escaped from their boats, they threw part of their precious shipment of timber overboard hoping to salvage some of their profits from an estimated value of $65,000.

On September 28th, an informant called a Wildlife Alliance officer at the Tatai patrol station informing him that a stock of rosewood was hidden in the Sre Ambel River after being illegally harvested from the rainforest that Wildlife Alliance is protecting. The Tatai team immediately went to search and found the stock immersed in the river, approximately 3 meters down. They found more than 6 tons of rosewood and 1.7 cubic meters of another luxury timber called Thnong. It took 2 days and the help of the Sre Ambel patrol unit to extract the timber from the water and transport it back to the station.

Four weeks prior, on August 25th at 3:00 am, 2 slow boats with 5.5 tons of rosewood were trying to pass silently in front of the Sre Ambel patrol station with engines off so as to not be noticed. But, because they are on duty at night, the patrol unit was on alert. The team immediately jumped into the patrol speed boat to chase the trafficker’s boats. The offenders started their engines to try to evade capture, but the patrol unit was faster. The offenders realized they were cornered and had no choice but to jump out of the boats and run into the rainforest. The timber was seized and transported to the patrol station. The total shipment amounted to 5.5 tons of rosewood, 9 cubic meters of thnong, and 5.5 cubic meters of other precious timber from the protected rainforest, a huge confiscation for the team.

Timber Confiscation
Timber Confiscation
Sep 20, 2013

Busy Month for Forest Protection

Rangers on Patrol
Rangers on Patrol

The Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program had a very busy month confiscating over 2,000 snares, more than 4 cubic meters of illegal redwood and other timber, 1 pangolin, 8 turtles, 2 water dragons, and 3 birds. And despite making nearly 40 patrol stops, they were only able to apprehend one offender, as most suspects flee the scene before they can be questioned.  This is just another example of how difficult the task of forest protection truly can be – even when they are able to confiscate the tools of destruction, more often than not the actors elude them. Yet despite this challenge it is vital to conduct regular forest patrols both to stop offenders in the act, and to deter others from taking up such activities.

Our Forest Protection program would not be possible without the support of the Cambodian government. Last week, Suwanna Gauntlett, founder and CEO of Wildlife Alliance had a very productive meeting with the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister, Yim Chhay Ly, reinforcing Wildlife Alliance’s relationship with the government and Cambodia’s continued commitment to forest protection. This collaboration is essential to maintain the effectiveness of our direct, on the ground efforts to combat deforestation and wildlife trafficking, and we are grateful for their support. You can read the full press release below.

Suwanna with the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia
Suwanna with the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia

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Sep 20, 2013

CBET Officer Chosen for Fellowship in Texas

Sophany Touch- CBET Community Development Officer
Sophany Touch- CBET Community Development Officer

We are excited to announce that Chi Phat’s own Community Development Officer, Sophany Touch, has been invited to participate as a community leader in this year’s Community Solutions program, a project implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This professional development program matches 58 global leaders with 55 American organizations to “improve their capacity for local community development and serve as ambassadors for increased mutual understanding.” Sophany has been partnered with Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC) in Houson, TX and will work with local environmental groups to develop ecotourism programs in the area. This four-month fellowship, which also includes a web-based leadership course developed by IREX, will give him the skills and connections necessary to create a plan for a new initiative in Cambodia. Upon his return to Cambodia, Sophany plans to focus his work on identifying the existing and future threats to food security in relation to climate change and natural resource management. We are thrilled and proud that Sophany has been chosen for this incredible opportunity, and look forward to hearing about his experience. You can read more about Sophany and the Community Solutions program in IREX and CEC’s press release below. 

Sophany at the Orientation in Washington DC
Sophany at the Orientation in Washington DC

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