Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary

by Peace Bridges Organization
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary
Plant Trees to Restore PreyLang Wildlife Sanctuary

Greetings friends and supporters,

This is an important update regarding the status of our tree planting event.

In June, the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) submitted the event proposal to the Ministry of Environment and Preah Vihear Provincial Department of Environment. Unexpectedly, the Ministry rejected this proposal, claiming that the PLCN is not a registered legal entity. Only three months ago, however, they approved a proposal for the Prey Lang Festival.

The PLCN is a network of people living in and around the Prey Lang forest in four provinces who protect it. There is no requirement by any law to register as an NGO or association. Rather than being registered as a non-governmental organization, the PLCN has chosen to remain as a community-based organization. 

Due to the untimely rejection of our tree planting proposal, a committee of planners has decided on several alternatives to the original plan.

First, members of the PLCN, community members, Peace Bridges staff, and other guests will go to the Kbal Khlaa community forest in Prey Lang to support the forest communities there and monitor the progress of trees planted two, three, and four years ago.

Second, we will move the site of our tree planting to Prey Veng province. There we will conduct a seminar on climate change and plant 2000 trees on the grounds of several churches.

We do not anticipate using all of the funds raised this year by our generous donors. Therefore, we will hold remaining funds and use them to plant trees in Prey Lang and other important sites.

We thank you for your support and understanding. There are things that happen here that are beyond our control. Please stay tuned to receive updates about the monitoring trip next week and the Prey Veng tree planting in September.

Warmly, 

The Peace Bridges Team

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PLCN on a recent patrol of Prey Lang (PLCN photo)
PLCN on a recent patrol of Prey Lang (PLCN photo)

Protecting existing forests and planting new trees are two very important ways to address climate change. These strategies simultaneously protect wildlife habitat, absorb carbon from the atmosphere, and help to stabilize regional climate patterns. Cambodia is not only a country hard hit by climate change but also by the regional climate chaos brought on by the destruction of its forests. 

This is why Peace Bridges is committed to supporting the local forest communities in Cambodia. Many people who rely on the forests for their livelihoods are sacrificing time and energy to protect those very forests for the benefit of the whole country.

One such group, the Prey Lang Community Network, is going to co-host a 4-day tree planting camp this July. We will join with them by showing our solidarity, supporting the event financially, and inviting Cambodians from the city and around the country to witness their hard work.

In order to make this happen, we are trying to reach our goal of raising $10,000. That money will go to purchase thousands of saplings, compensate the local community members who will transport people, supplies, and saplings, and sponsor young Cambodians to join in to learn about the forests.

We are well on our way with over $4,000 donated so far. We are tremendously grateful for all who have contributed to our fundraiser. Your support will not only make Cambodia a greener place, but you are supporting the people who are most effected by climate change and who are doing something about it!

Next week, members of the PLCN will meet to decide the best location for hosting this event and planting saplings. Thank you  for your support and stay tuned for more updates about this program.

 

Resources:

Forest Crime Rife

Let Nature Heal Climate and Biodiversity Crisis 

Plant 1 Trillion Trees

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Peace Bridges Organization

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
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Audrey Thill
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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