Your money will help us to quickly grow our Forests of Hope programme and conserve threatened forests like Cambodia’s Western Siem Pang around the globe for birds and for people.
The forests of Western Siem Pang, Cambodia, are one of the last remnants of the ecosystem that once covered large areas in central Indochina. The forests are extensive, and BirdLife has identified a key site covering over 150,000 hectares, with 90% intact forest and populations of an astonishing total of five Critically Endangered bird species.
This Important Bird Area was threatened by plans to log the forest and convert it into a biofuel plantation. BirdLife has just succeeded in revoking the logging license for Western Siem Pang. This is a major step towards the conservation of the forest which we now aim to manage under a new agreement with the Government of Cambodia.
Similar to our approach in Harapan, we plan to turn the forest into a ProtectedForest. This would represent a win-win arrangement for local people and the international community by conserving the area’s biodiversity and carbon stocks as the next phase in this ambitious BirdLife global programme.
“We now urgently need funds to further upscale our conservation work in Western Siem Pang, and save this forest for birds and people. This is a great opportunity and we need the funding to act quickly and save a critical forest for South-East Asia” Bou Vorsak, BirdLife Cambodia Programme.