Empower Rural Communities and Help Protect Forests

Apr 4, 2013

A Visit to Chi Phat

A Muddy Bike Ride Back
A Muddy Bike Ride Back

Last year, Wildlife Alliance took supporters and Advisory Board members on a frequently wild, oftentimes touching, and definitely life-changing trip to our projects in the Southern Cardamom Mountain range of Cambodia. One aspect of the tour included a visit to our Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) projects in Chi Phat and Trapeang Roung. These projects are located in the Southwestern part of the Cardamom Mountains. Situated amid stunning mountains, rivers, rainforests, wetlands and mangroves, and home to a vibrant and unique array of wildlife, they are ideal destinations for tourists looking for an ecological adventure. What better way to thank our supporters for all their help in making this project “the best community-based ecotourism destination in Cambodia,” than by showing them firsthand the work we do in Chi Phat and Trapeang Roung.

We began our journey with a helicopter ride from the Reforestation Program over the mountains to the O’Malu Waterfall, all the while taking in spectacular views of the Cardamom mountain range. When we arrived, we were greeted by curious children enjoying the day with their families. After swimming, jumping off rocks and devouring a wonderful picnic lunch by the water, we decided to go back to the village by mountain bike. On our way back, we were surprised with an unexpected thunderstorm! This turned a normally rugged ride into a treacherous journey. However, our group enjoyed the challenge and took it in good spirit. Upon our arrival to the village (after drying off of course), we were welcomed by the CBET Committee, where they shared with us the work CBET does to provide rural families with resources to establish and maintain their own businesses. Through CBET, community members can earn an income from sustainable family-run businesses in ecotourism, rather than destructive and illegal poaching and logging. After a long day, we celebrated with dinner and cocktails!

For a chance to meet the communities we serve, and too see firsthand how Wildlife Alliance creates alternative sustainable livelihoods, join us for this year’s Field Visit in November. For more information on this once in a lifetime adventure, click here, or contact Beth Eisenstaedt at eisenstaedt@wildlifealliance.org or 646-569-5861.

Children Playing by the O
Children Playing by the O'Malu Waterfall

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Chloe Lala-Katz

Communications and Finance Field Liaison
New York, NY United States

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