Forest Restoration in Cambodia

Decreasing forest cover exposed local communities in Cambodia to the impacts of climate change, namely more frequent droughts and an increase in temperature, which affects crops and consequently food security. However, the communities lacked the resources and technical capacity to take action. The Forest Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) Project, introduced by the Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) and FAO are equipping forest communities with the technical capacity and funds needed to address forest degradation and promote restoration activities, in conjunction with the Cambodian government’s Community Forestry initiative. The project helps sustainably manage natural resources on five pilot sites. Training is one of the most important aspects of the project. The project introduced the concept of benefit-sharing, motivating community members to participate. Not only does this boosted food security for those involved, but it also helps to conserve the forest ecosystem.


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