The United States Agency for International Development yesterday announced the provision of an additional grant worth $100,000 to Sansom Mlup Prey Organisation, through the Greening Prey Lang Project. The grant seeks to stimulate conservation efforts which include the promotion of wildlife-friendly farming in communities living around Cambodia’s protected areas.
The grant agreement was signed yesterday during a visit to Kulen Promtep and Chheb Wildlife Sanctuaries in Preah Vihear province. The event was attended by delegates of the Environment Ministry, representatives from USAID, the Wildlife Conservation Society and some local journalists.
Matthew Edwardsen, Chief of Party of USAID Greening Prey Lang, said yesterday the programme awarded a one-year grant worth $200,000 to Sansom Mlup Prey Organisation last year to support the livelihood of communities living around several protected areas through the production of Ibis Rice.
He added: “The grant will also improve governance by successfully contributing to zoning and land demarcation. From the perspective of conservation, this activity will ensure that habitat is retained for critically endangered species residing in the forests of Northern Cambodia. This grant has been extended for an additional year to scale up results and sustain impact given the high commercial success of Ibis Rice.”
Keo Socheat, executive director of Sansom Mlup Prey Organisation, said the provision of the additional grant will allow them to continue building the capacities of local communities in responding to climate change, as well as let them disseminate wildlife conservation principles in 14 villages in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra lauded the achievements made on the conservation of natural resources in the Kingdom.
“I would like to thank all our NGO and donor partners, and especially USAID, for their continued support to the conservation of Cambodia’s biodiversity and wildlife for the future generation,” he said.