Planting Trees in Koh Kong
The Southern Cardamom Mountain Range is a component of the Greater Cardamom Mountains which is the largest continuous block of tropical forest on the Southeast Asian mainland. Situated in the southwest of Cambodia, it represents one of the seven remaining elephant corridors in Asia and the largest tiger range in the region.
This mountain range is made up of mostly dense evergreen forest (also called dense monsoon forest) that forms an ecosystem with lowland melaleuca wetlands, flooded grasslands, lakes and coastal mangroves. However, illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming has resulted in pockets of denuded forest that threaten the functionality of these ecosystems.
Maintaining connectivity of forest cover ensures preservation of ecosystem functions and the Plant a Rainforest Project aims to reconnect fragmented rainforest in order to strengthen and increase continuous forest cover in Koh Kong province. Wildlife Alliance implements a comprehensive field work program from seed collection to nursery germination and propagation, to land preparation with soil enrichment and planting, and post planting treatment to fight invasive grasses, enrich the soil and replace weak plants in order to ensure forest growth over the next years.
In 2015,over 500,000 seedlings were germinated from different 47 species. The project provided employment to over 90 workers from the community of Chi Phat, and the project team has continued maintaining 733 hectares of all reforestation fields located in Chi Phat, Andoung Teuk, and Trapeang Rung and Tatai. This is no easy feat and maintenance activities include spending long days in the sun enriching the soil, growing fibrous grass to prevent erosion, removing weeds, and replacing damaged saplings.
Thanks to your continued support, we have now planted 1 million trees in the region. This is critical for restoring endangered water regulating ecosystem services such as attracting rainfall, recharging of underground aquifers, supplying surface streams, and create resilience to droughts and floods.Thank you again, and we hope you’ll continue to support this important project!
Illegal logging resulting in forest fragmentation
Healthy river and forest ecosystem