Cambodia Rangers Get S. African Help

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A Cambodian wildlife ranger in a national park. Rohit Singh / WWF TAI

Sixty Cambodian wildlife park rangers will be trained by South African experts next year, funded by video streaming content revenue generated by a partnership between  the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International  and the Canadian-based  international English-language TV channel, Love Nature.
WWF International will leverage scenes from Love Nature’s natural history series and documentaries to promote wildlife and nature conservation via social media.
In turn, Love Nature will donate unspecified proceeds from its global streaming video service to WWF International’s training programs for park rangers in two Cambodian wildlife sanctuaries – Serepok Wildlife Sanctuary and Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sudhanshu Sarronwala, executive director of marketing and communications in WWF International told Khmer Times that the park ranger training would take place early next year.
“The training, which includes capacity building in patrolling and navigation tactics, crime scene investigation, law and wildlife monitoring and enforcement mechanisms for 60 rangers, is expected to start in the dry season from February to March 2017,” said Mr. Sarronwala.
“Working together with WWF-Cambodia, the training will be conducted by the Southern African Wildlife College in association with local Cambodian trainers. The course curriculum is based on international training guidelines designed by the International Ranger Federation,” he added.
Love Nature said the partnership came about because it shares an interest with WWF in wildlife.
Jo Parkinson, managing director of Love Nature said the channel produces more than 200 hours of Ultra HD quality original content, via series and documentaries, every year and this year it launched a video streaming service in 32 countries.
“With this in mind, and WWF’s leadership in advocating for awareness and action on conservation worldwide to tie in with the more concrete donations the partnership is providing, we saw a natural opportunity to collaborate on promoting conservation preservation awareness together,” she said.
The two Cambodian sanctuaries – Serepok and Phnom Prich – were chosen because of the many incredible species and 25,000 local communities depending on the parks for their lives and livelihoods.
Rohit Singh, enforcement and capacity building specialist at WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative said, “The two sanctuaries, Serepok and Phnom Prich, are located within Cambodia’s eastern plains landscape, which is one of the priority landscapes for tiger recovery and reintroduction.”
“It is also home to the world’s largest banteng population and several endangered species like the giant ibis, vultures, white shouldered ibis, Siamese crocodile, elongate tortoise, eld’s deer and Asian elephants as well as six cat species, leopard, clouded leopard, Asian golden cat, marbled cat, leopard cat and jungle cat,” added Mr. Singh.
He noted that poaching and wildlife crime remain grave threats making enhanced protection, monitoring and enforcement efforts absolutely essential.

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