I am delighted to share advance word of a major article in this weekend's New York Times Travel Section featuring Wildlife Alliance and its work: "In Cambodia, Koh Kong Emerges As Eco-Tourism Destination."
I encourage you to read this article to learn about the magnificent forests, beaches, and wildlife of Southwestern Cambodia, and about Wildlife Alliance's efforts to preserve the region - fighting threats like illegal logging, poaching, and industrial development. Our Community-Based Ecotourism program is heavily featured as one of the driving factors in Koh Kong's transformation from a backwards area known for wildlife trafficking and illegal logging, into a leading destination for sustainable development and conservation. As the article says, "Chi Phat was once infamous for its abundant poachers, loggers and slash-and-burn farmers, who were forced to turn to illegal practices to make a living. That began to change in 2007, when the conservation group Wildlife Alliance started to work with the community on a project that would turn hunters — who knew the forest’s hidden gems better than anyone — into tour guides, and local families into guesthouse owners."
Also this week, the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted our work in a broad piece called Coast on the Cusp about Ecotourism in Cambodia.
Thank you for your support and interest in our Community-Based Ecotourism program and for your generous contributions.
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