Cambodia is blessed with a relatively rich forest resource, estimated at around 10.4 million hectares in extent. This resource has a great potential contribution to well-being of Cambodian people if it is utilized in an efficient and sustainable manner. However, sustainability of the resource is under threat due mainly to the rampant illegal forest activities including illegal logging, forest clearing and encroachment for agricultural purposes and poverty of rural population. In its efforts to promote SFM and alleviate poverty, the RGC is currently implementing the Community Forestry Programme (CFP) to provide access and tenure for local communities to sustainably and efficiently utilize designated forest resources. This programme, however, has been progressing in a sluggish manner for different institutional and operational reasons.
The proposed project aims to accelerate development of community forestry and increase its contribution to livelihood of the local communities and to promotion of SFM in Cambodia. Its specific objective is to enhance capacity of local communities and Forest Administration to effectively implement CFP in Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces among the richest regions with forest resource and the highest deforestation rate at the same time.
The expected outputs of the project are: i) enhanced capacity of local communities and forest administration in forest management planning, ii) capacity of local communities to operationalize approved forest management plans promoted, and iii) capacity of Forest Administration in monitoring and reporting of forest operations by individual Community Forestry Management Units (CFMUs) elevated.