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.
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