News Cambodia

As few as 108 Masked Finfoots remain in the wild © Sayam U Chowdhury

Plight of the finfoot unmasked

Fri, 28/05/2021
The Masked Finfoot is sliding towards extinction, its fate inextricably linked to that of Asia's forested rivers. If we are to bring this unique bird back from the brink, it's time to sit up and listen to the science.
Staff have been been monitoring water quality at Tonle Sap Great Lake © NatureLife Cambodia

BirdLife welcomes new Partner: NatureLife Cambodia

Wed, 31/03/2021
Despite being one of the most biodiverse countries in Asia, Cambodia had no national NGOs working directly on conservation as recently as 15 years ago. BirdLife set out to change that, and in 2004 established a country programme. Fast forward to 2021 and NatureLife Cambodia is the newest Partner in the BirdLife flock.
The Sarus Crane can reach six feet tall © Jonathan Eames

Second chance for Cambodia’s big birds

Tue, 05/01/2021
For a suspenseful three years, Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary seemed doomed. But now, changed policies, changed hearts and a new organic rice scheme promises hope for the forest landscape’s villagers, businesses and giant birds.
Green Peafowl (Endangered) © Roger Smith / Flickr

Latest research: how does human disturbance...

Tue, 29/09/2020
Join us for a bite-sized round-up of advances published in our journal Bird Conservation International. Highlights include insights into how human disturbance affects the feeding, breeding and overall health of bird populations.
Strategy videogames involve making decisions and often exploiting natural resources. Screenshot: BirdLife International / The Like Minded

How your decisions can impact tropical forest...

Thu, 06/08/2020
Our new animation, launched at the Global Landscapes Forum, turns to an unlikely inspiration to help explain landscape conservation and our innovative work to support communities in tropical forests: videogames.
Giant Ibis © Jonathan Eames

One site. Five Critically Endangered birds. Here...

Mon, 05/08/2019
Forget Africa’s “Big Five” - where in the world can you spot five Critically Endangered birds in one place? This year, proceeds from the British Birdwatching Fair will go towards conserving Western Siem Pang, a forest sanctuary home to 70% of Cambodia’s vultures and two of the world’s rarest ibises.
All three of Cambodia's vulture species are Critically Endangered © Bou Vorsak / BirdLife Cambodia

Cambodia bans veterinary drug Diclofenac to save...

Tue, 30/07/2019
Fantastic news for Asia's Critically Endangered vultures! Following tireless advocacy from NGOs including BirdLife, the Cambodian government has banned the veterinary use of Diclofenac: a drug used as a painkiller for cattle, but deadly to vultures.
Mem Mai on his rounds © Chea Sophea

Meet the former tiger hunter turned forest...

Tue, 02/07/2019
It is said that a tiger cannot change its stripes. Yet, after hunting and killing a tiger himself for the subsistence of his family, now-BirdLife employee Mem Mai proves that people can change their ways, especially when given the opportunity.
The Northern Bald Ibis is no longer Critically Endangered © Fireglo / Shutterstock

Northern Bald Ibis: baldly leading the way in...

Wed, 29/05/2019
Four ibis species in three very different circumstances. All facing extinction. One, the Northern Bald Ibis, is now recovering. What does it take to turn the tables on extinction?

Protected status secured for Cambodia’s Stung Sen...

Wed, 17/04/2019
Thanks to the work of BirdLife International Cambodia Programme, the rich and biologically diverse Stung Sen wetland has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, protecting the habitat of important species such as the Lesser Adjutant.
The Giant Ibis measures more than a metre tall © Jonathan Eames

Birdfair 2019 project announced: Conserving...

Thu, 14/03/2019
On the same day it was revealed that the total amount raised by the British Birdwatching Fair for conservation has passed the £5 million mark, the event dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Birding’ revealed this year’s project: protecting Western Siem Pang, a haven for five Critically Endangered bird species

A recipe for a more sustainable world

Mon, 06/08/2018
Farming doesn’t have to be in conflict with nature. Around the world, we’re working with projects that prove it’s possible to grow food in a way that benefits both wildlife and livelihoods. Here's a tasty selection for starters...
Farmer Itey Phar harvests IBIS rice at Khey Svay village © BirdLife International Cambodia Programme

IBIS Rice: the bird-friendly rice scheme boosting...

Mon, 08/01/2018
On 27 December, BirdLife Cambodia hosted a Farmer’s Day at Khet Svay village in Siem Pang, to celebrate the area’s first harvest of IBIS Rice. This award-winning project is helping to conserve Cambodia’s national bird, the Giant Ibis, and its crucial wildlife sanctuary home.

Protected zones offer refuge for Cambodia’s...

Thu, 02/02/2017
A newly-approved plan to zone Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary aims to protect its most vital habitats and species from threats including logging, encroachment and hunting.
White-shouldered Ibis © Jonathan C. Eames

A Phnom-enal award for our team in Cambodia

Wed, 30/11/2016
BirdLife's Cambodia Programme, which works to save several endangered species from extinction, has received a prestigious award from the biodiverse country’s government.
The last piece of the puzzle: newly-protected Western Siem Pang forest © Jonathan Eames

Huge protected forest jigsaw completed

Fri, 20/05/2016
One of the most valuable jigsaw pieces in the world has been slotted into place: welcome to Cambodia's Western Siem Pang forest, home to 5 Critically Endangered bird species.
Prek Toal -  South-East Asia’s largest waterbird colony (Image: Sun Visal)

Extraordinary waterbird colony – Prek Toal -...

Wed, 02/12/2015

South-East Asia’s largest waterbird colony, the 21,342 hectares Prek Toal (Ramsar Site

Cambodian vulture census data reveals worrying...

Thu, 07/08/2014

An annual vulture census has been carried out at sev