Sokharith is the field manager of the Tropical Reforestation project, which aims to reconnect fragmented rainforest in order to strengthen and increase continuous forest cover in Koh Kong province. It is his job to implement the planting and maintenance activities of the project, making sure the 733,000 trees that have been planted are well cared for.
Sokharith cares passionately about environmental conservation and is proud that his work contributes to the regeneration of a degraded forest that is critical to the region’s water supply and wildlife habitat. In 2008 he received his degree in Natural Resource Managements from Maharishi Vedic University in Prey Veng province. Even before his graduation, he was hired by Wildlife Alliance as a field technician in the Community Agriculture Development Project in Sovanna Baitong. For 2 years, he assisted families in improving agricultural productivity.
In 2010, he became Field Manager of the Tropical Reforestation project. This was an incredible opportunity for him to expand his practical knowledge of natural resource management, as well as work directly in forest restoration and preservation. It can be very challenging working in the forest; living conditions are extremely basic and Sokharith often goes long stretches of time without seeing his family. However, the energy and enthusiasm he shows for his work is unparalleled. Sokharith is a dedicated leader with excellent organizational and management skills. Through fair judgment and compassion, he has earned the respect and admiration of his staff. He treats them like family, listening to their problems and helping them in any way he can.
Sokharith and his team help maintain 733 hectares (1,811 acres) of reforested land. This is no easy feat: they spend long days in the sun enriching the soil, growing fibrous grass to prevent erosion, removing weeds, and replacing damaged saplings. To Sokharith these trees represent more than a new forest, they represent hope. What inspires Sokharith, is seeing firsthand people’s attitudes change. One day, a field worker confessed to Sokharith that he used to cut trees in the forest near Chi Phat, but after working with the Reforestation project and realizing how much time and energy goes into growing a tree, he felt great remorse. This confession made Sokharith happy, discovering that his work makes a direct impact on the environment while also changing minds and hearts.
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