Coastal & Marine Conservation Programme, Cambodia

Fauna & Flora International

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Established in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international wildlife conservation organisation. Today, FFI’s work spans over 40 countries and focuses on creating a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. This is being achieved by empowering and engaging with local communities, partners and NGO’s which has brought many successes in protecting biodiversity. Our programmes are delivered across terrestrial and marine landscapes, supporting healthy habitats, conserving critically important species, and underpinning the life support systems that humans and all other species rely on.

In Cambodia, FFI has been working on marine conservation since 2010. This began with an initial government request to help establish the country’s first marine protected area, which was designated in 2016 in the Koh Rong Archipelago to the south of the country. During this process, strong local and national links have been made with communities, fishers, local non-government-organisations (NGOs) and government.

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FFI have continued to develop activities for the protection of this rich marine environment, including implementing a national sea turtle action plan that will promote the recovery of hawksbill and green turtles; protecting six different species of seahorse from illegal trade for traditional Asian medicine; and supporting policy change in collaboration with the Fisheries Administration, as the Cambodian government creates a national plan for tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Building on the momentum of this work, FFI is now supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia to develop a network of well-managed and connected marine protected areas across its coastline, in partnership with local organisations. The network will work to increase engagement with communities; identify key habitats for protection as no-take zones; build local ability to conduct research; and develop a clear plan for deterring IUU fishing activity. The Levine Family Foundation is generously supporting this project and is catalytic in propelling Cambodia towards realising this vision.

If you would like more information about Fauna & Flora International, please visit their website at https://www.fauna-flora.org

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