Monks Community Forest
Monks Community Forest is an 18,261 ha area of evergreen forest in northwest Cambodia. In response to widespread deforestation, the monks of the Samraong Pagoda acquired legal protection of the forest, and have established patrol teams, demarcated the Forest's boundaries, and raised environmental awareness among local communities. The monks have developed unique approaches to law enforcement based on Buddhist principles, demonstrating the power of linking conservation with traditional customs and beliefs.
A co-management committee of local villagers, government authorities and NGOs has been developed to manage what is now Cambodia's largest community forest. While logging and hunting are prohibited, villagers may use traditional fishing methods, collect fallen timber for construction, and harvest non-timber forest products like bamboo, wild ginger, fruit and mushrooms. Illegal logging of the forest has been reduced significantly.
Equator Prize Winner: 2012
Location: Northwest Cambodia
Beneficiaries: More than 3,700 people from six villages
Biodiversity: 18,261-ha community conserved forest
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Equator Prize 2010
Asia And The Pacific
Venerable Bun Saluth
Oddar Meanchey Province, Cambodia
Tel: (855 12) 315 75
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