Wildlife Alliance is a non-profit organization headquartered in New York and Phnom Penh that was originally founded as the Global Survival Network in 1994 and then became WildAid from 1999 to 2006.
It has completed projects in Thailand, Myanmar, India, Ecuador and Russia, and since 2002 has been running a number of in-country conservation programs in Cambodia, assisting the Royal Government of Cambodia in strengthening protected areas, protecting wildlife, and helping poor communities develop alternative livelihoods.
Through integrated forest management, law enforcement, policy reform, sustainable livelihoods, wildlife rehabilitation, habitat protection and environmental education, Wildlife Alliance has made significant advances for the cause of conservation in Cambodia.
In a little more than a decade, it has preserved more than 1.7 million acres of forest; overturned 36 industrial concessions; helped over 5,000 people to change their practices from destructive wildlife trafficking, logging, charcoal production and forest slash-and-burn to productive livelihoods that boost village economies and protect community natural resources; countered the illegal wildlife trade and rescued over 60,000 live animals from traffickers and poachers; and delivered environmental education to more than 150,000 students and community members.
Southern cardamom forest protection program
Wildlife Alliance’s Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program partners with the Cambodian government and is assisted by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) to provide on-the-ground protection to one of Asia’s last remaining elephant corridors, known as the South-West Elephant Corridor. An internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot, the Cardamom Mountain Range is the region’s most important watershed and carbon sink. Eighty-four Forest Rangers provide direct protection to nearly 1.7 million acres of rainforest – including the 18,073-hectare JW-Concession that is home to the Cardamom Tented Camp – through daily and nightly patrols.
With six strategically located patrol stations, these forest crime fighters crack down on illegal logging networks, confiscate chainsaws, dismantle saw mills, ambush poachers, seize hunting traps, and rescue captured wildlife.
For more information about Wildlife Alliance and its projects in Cambodia and elsewhere, visit their website at: www.wildlifealliance.org