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.
May 1, 2016

The Chi Phat Green Ambassadors

Chi Phat Green Ambassadors
Chi Phat Green Ambassadors

According to a new study by Australia’s Griffith University, ecotourism can be the critical difference between the survival and the extinction of an endangered species. The study used models to evaluate the net impact of ecotourism on nine threatened species, and found conservation gains for seven of them. Now in its 9th year of operation, Wildlife Alliance continues to see significant success with our Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) model in Chi Phat. Revenue and number of tourists have steadily increased over the years, and community members have been able to achieve long-term financial stability by operating eco-friendly guesthouses, home stays, and restaurants and working as trekking guides, boat operators, and taxi drivers. The increase in revenue has allowed the community to increase the number of forest patrols conducted by Community Rangers. Their anti-poaching efforts have led to the reduction in the number of traps laid by hunters in the forest, and has resulted in a greater observation and documentation of endangered animals and their tracks.

An added benefit of the program has been the spread of the concept of recycling and waste management. To improve the tourist experience, it became necessary for the community to address their inadequate waste management system. Local authorities and school principals showed a strong support for recycling in the community and a self-sustained youth group called The Chi Phat Green Ambassadors grew out of this interest. The Chi Phat Green Ambassadors are a local volunteer youth group made up of 8th and 9th grade students that meet with Wildlife Alliance staff to discuss and address various environmental concerns in the community. The group plays a key role in litter education and prevention, as well as clean-up initiatives in villages, along trails and at forest campsites. The group has made a significant impact in cleaning up Chi Phat, and we know they will take this experience with them as they go into high school. In the meantime, the next class is already geared up and excited to take over! Show your support by liking their Facebook page!

Thank you for making a difference for communities, forests and wildlife in Cambodia!

Chi Phat Trash Clean Up
Chi Phat Trash Clean Up
Apr 28, 2016

326 students learned about conservation in March!

Animal t-shirts are given as prizes during games
Animal t-shirts are given as prizes during games

Wildlife Alliance’s Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit (KE) spent March 30th and 31st educating 144 students about wildlife habitats and protection. KE gave lessons about forests and wildlife protection to 97 students at Hun Sen Krang Ampil Secondary School and 47 students at Chey Oudong Primary School.  At both schools, over half of the students were girls. As a thank you for the lessons, the Alan Campbell Memorial Library that supports both schools performed a puppet show about pangolins. The library has been working with students and community members to create pangolin themed art and theater. With the support of both KE and the local library, these students will have the opportunity to learn more about wildlife and the environment that is greatly needed in Cambodia.

In the month of March alone, KE educated 326 students about wildlife and the importance of protecting it. The unit also conducted Teacher Training Workshops for a total of 60 teachers and community forestry members who are now all empowered to teach others about conservation issues. KE also raised awareness about the importance of stopping wildlife consumption, protecting natural habitats and better waste management in around 600 community members through 2 Community Night Shows.

Thank you for helping the Kouprey Express create lasting change in Cambodia by educating and inspiring the next generation! Your gift is making a difference in improving attitudes about forests and wildlife conservation in Asia.

Learning about elephants!
Learning about elephants!
Interactive games to make learning fun!
Interactive games to make learning fun!
Apr 18, 2016

Thank you for helping us plant trees in Cambodia!

Planting young trees.
Planting young trees.

Thank you for helping us restore the tropical rainforests of the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range!  Your gift to the Tropical Reforestation Project directly helps to restore denuded forests through seed collection, nursery germination and propagation, soil enrichment and planting, post planting treatment to fight invasive grasses, and the replacement of weak plants in order to ensure forest growth. The theme of this year's Earth Day, on April 22nd, will focus on planting trees for the earth because they absorb polluted air and excess CO2 from the atmosphere while helping communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. The Tropical Reforestation Project employees are all local Cambodians, earning a susatainable living and helping to ensure the future of one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. 

The Tropical Reforestation Program has been working to maintain the 733,000 trees that were planted over the last 6 years. 733 hectares (1,811 acres) of reforested land is maintained and kept healthy with soil enriching activities.

The Tropical Reforestation Project sites are all areas that have been cleared of tropical forests.  The clear-cut areas experience flooding, soil erosion and runoff, and are plagued by invasive weed species.  In 2015, the projects effort’s focused on maintaining the planting fields and helping seedlings survive and grow. Maintenance work in 2015 involved sustaining grass and plowing between the planting rows, and adding additional grass, compost and natural fertilizer.  These activities ensure that the seedlings grow into a healthy forest.

In 2015, 760,273 seedlings were germinated in the Chi Phat shade net, 122,022 seedlings were transferred from the Chi Phat nursery to the road 48 planting field, 127,147 seedlings were transferred to the Chi Phat planting field and, 47,902 seedlings were transferred to the Sihanoukville planting field. 

Thank you again for your support! We hope you will continue to ensure the success of this vital program. 

One of the reforestation sites.
One of the reforestation sites.
 

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