The KSWS REDD+ project is one of the largest carbon emission reduction program in Cambodia’s land use sector and has played a critical role in demonstrating REDD+ successes conserving high biodiversity value landscapes. Experiences from the implementation of the KSWS REDD+ project is also providing important learning outcomes informing the design of Cambodia’s National REDD+ Program, as part of the country’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement.
17.4 million tons of CO2-e emissions avoided over the next 10 years.
This is equivalent to annual emissions from:
Illegal land clearing by smallholder farmers is the leading cause of deforestation in KSWS where crops such as cassava and cashews are sold across the border in Vietnam.
Although hunting endangered species in Cambodia is illegal, domestic and international bush meat and traditional medicine markets drive extensive poaching.
Cambodia’s legacy of large scale mechanized logging and supporting road networks, dating back to the 1960s, continue to give illegal operators access to luxury grade tree species in KSWS.
Protected area management, enforcement, and monitoring using interdisciplinary tools and technologies to generate actionable data informing WCS management approaches in the park.
Formalizing land and resource use rights for local communities and improving legal protection for local community lands in the Keo Seima project area through improved community led land use planning and development
Diversifying income streams for local communities through the development of ecotourism, premium markets, and non-timber forest products.
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