Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest

by Peace Bridges Organization
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Equip Cambodians with Tech to Protect Their Forest
Record of Wildlife in Prey Lang
Record of Wildlife in Prey Lang

Smartphones help advocacy communities to tell their stories and advocating for the protection of their local resources. Smartphones also used to record key event in our communities inlcude fish release, tree palnting, Signing agreement with government and communitty gathering to strengthen relationship, unity and building good families and forest patrol and forest crimes while patroling and investigation. Supporting advocacy communities to have smartphones and training them how to use them propoerly help advocate for their community issues. For Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) the smartphone help them to produce forest monitoring reports. The reports are used to educate public of the the Prey Lang forest, biodiversity and protection of natural resources.  

Forest Crime and illegal logging
Forest Crime and illegal logging
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Forest Encroachment Documentation
Forest Encroachment Documentation

Smartphones help advocacy communities to tell their stories and advocating for the protection of their local resources. Smartphones also used to record key event in our communities inlcude fish release, tree palnting, Signing agreement with government and communitty gathering to strengthen relationship, unity and building good families. Supporting advocacy communities to have smartphones and training them how to use them propoerly help advocate for their community issues. For Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) the smartphone help them to produce forest monitoring reports. The reports are used to educate public of the the Prey Lang forest, biodiversity and protection of natural resources.  

illegal Logging
illegal Logging
Community Event On Natural Resources Protection
Community Event On Natural Resources Protection
Raising Aware on NRP through fish release
Raising Aware on NRP through fish release
Community Reflection Meeting
Community Reflection Meeting
Strengthening Families
Strengthening Families

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A recent patrol (Photo courtesy of the PLCN)
A recent patrol (Photo courtesy of the PLCN)

This year the PLCN have continued to document incidents of illegal logging in Prey Lang despite numerous obstacles. These obstacles have included the pandemic, COVID-19 restrictions, and a Ministry of Environment ban on patrols.

In the last quarter of 2021, the network used their smartphones to make 459 entries into the database, which revealed an increase in illegal logging activity. They also documented the forest's biodiversity, including plant species and animal footprints.

You can read more about their recent activities and see satellite maps of the deforestation in the PLCN Quarterly Report, which is linked below.

The PLCN thanks their supporters and wishes everyone a safe holiday season.



Beautiful tree found on patrol (From PLCN Report)
Beautiful tree found on patrol (From PLCN Report)

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PLCN members documented 10 transport vehicles
PLCN members documented 10 transport vehicles

According to monitoring groups, illegal logging has escalated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The government has continued its pattern of intimidating and restricting individuals who are involved in forest protection efforts. During these months, the Prey Lang Community Network has gone on patrols whenever possible. In and around Prey Lang, they have documented logging as well as used satellite data to build their growing body of evidence. 

In a patrol update on his Facebook page, PLCN member Sopheap wrote,

“Despite the threat of COVID-19 and our fear of it, the Kampong Thom PLCN group went into the forest for two days and nights to document the activities of illegal logging.”

Sopheap reported that from the 19th to 21st of August they saw ten transportation vehicles moving timber out of the forest on the road that goes by the environmental authority’s office. Sopheap reported that they saw no interventions by the authorities. Their group documented the activity with their smartphones and uploaded the data to the cloud. 

The PLCN thanks you for your ongoing support and hope you stay healthy and safe.

The PLCN have continued to patrol despite COVID-19
The PLCN have continued to patrol despite COVID-19

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Photo from PLCN Facebook Page
Photo from PLCN Facebook Page

The years 2020 and 2021 are not looking good for deforestation in Cambodia, according to the University of Maryland Global Forest Change dataset. Meanwhile, the PLCN who are committed to patroling and protecting it have been banned from entering the forest since 2020.Recent COVID-19 lockdown measures have also made it difficult to do their important work. 

"We are going to lose it if we don't have people to protect the forests. We love these forests, which belong to not only the government but to us," said Sok Phloak, a PLCN representatitve. 

Challenges being what they are, the PLCN is doing their best to keep an eye on the forest and document illegal logging. They have conducted patrols around the perimeter of Prey Lang and confiscated wood and chainsaws. These smartphone photos are evidence of the ongoing deforestation that is denied by officials. The PLCN post these photos on Facebook to show the public what is happening. 

The PLCN wishes to thank the people who are supporting their work, both within Cambodia and abroad. 

Stay well, 

The PLCN and Peace Bridges

Illegally logged wood (Photo from PLCN).
Illegally logged wood (Photo from PLCN).
PLCN Members on Patrol (PLCN Photo)
PLCN Members on Patrol (PLCN Photo)

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