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USAID awards $21 million to Tetra Tech company to improve Prey Lang conservation

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Prey Lang areas will be improved conservation. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $21 million to Tetra Tech company for a five-year contract to improve biodiversity conservation and strengthen sustainable development in Prey Lang region.

The Tetra Tech announced on Tuesday that USAID awarded it a $21 million single-award.

Tetra Tech is a leading, global provider of consulting and engineering services. It supports global commercial and government clients on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy and international development.

“Under the USAID Greening Prey Lang program, Tetra Tech will provide technical support services using an integrated approach for sustainable watershed management and biodiversity conservation to foster economic growth,” the statement said.

Tetra Tech Chairman and CEO said that the company was pleased to support USAID’s work in Cambodia to promote inclusive and sustainable management in the world’s most biodiverse and important landscapes.

“For decades Tetra Tech has used its leading with science approaches to integrate the environmental, social and institutional elements needed for more resilient ecosystems,” the chairman said.

Seng Sokheng, coordinator of Community Peace Building Network, said today the funding will help improve the conservation, but voiced concerns over wrong use of the budget.

“It is good, but I am worried about wrong use of budget or if the Prey Lang community will not get benefit from it,” Mr Sokheng said.

He said that Prey Lang community network will discuss and advise USAID and Tetra Teach on how they could work together effectively so that they could get benefits from the conservation.

Situated across five million acres and four provinces in north-central Cambodia, the Prey Lang region is one of Southeast Asia’s last remaining lowland evergreen woodlands and home to important water resources and biodiversity, including one of only seven remaining elephant corridors in the world. The landscape is under threats from deforestation, wildlife trafficking, and the impacts of climate change.

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