The protected areas of the Emerald Triangle comprise habitats of a diversity of wildlife species. Large species, such as the wild elephant, banteng and tiger, are observed along the national borders and seasonally migrate across the tri-national boundaries. The Emerald Triangle has some of the most extensive unfragemented natural forests in Southeast Asia containing large numbers of globally threatened species as a last refuge for sixteen “critically Endangered” and “Endangered” species from the IUNC Red List.
The development objective of the phrase III project is to conserve trans-boundary biodiversity in the Emerald Triangle Protected Forests Complex situated between Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR in a framework of the trans-boundary biodiversity conservation area (TBCA). The specific objective of Phase III is to strengthen the protection of trans-boundary habitats of the protected wide-ranging wildlife species in the Emerald Triangle. Phase III will apply lessons learned in Phase II, as well as in Phase I, of the project and will address in a comprehensive manner those remaining limitations that impact the sustainability of biodiversity conservation and alternative livelihood impacts of project activities that will have been implemented through the project.