Projects

The Cambodian Nature Society through ongoing committee research and outreach will be identifying locations that are in urgent need of protection and support for sustainable safeguarding of habitats and the environment.

The key first step in conservation is education. This starts with the surrounding community and those living within a specific area or habitat. Understanding the value of the relationship between the land, animals and humans is crucial to obtaining long term conservancy. Beyond the global advantages to the protection of critical environments the next vital step is providing these areas with monetary support. This can come in the form of developed responsible Eco-tourism programs and education centers or from direct support to those protecting these eco-systems.

Please see below Cambodian Nature Society’s current list of programs we are in direct coordination with. They have each been selected to capture the diverse terrain of Cambodia’s landscapes and need support in protecting critically endangered species in the Country. Our main objectives are to implement green practices to improve current infrastructure habits, train local guides and teach the community how to have visitors but maintain the safety of natural habitats and the environment. Hence providing the opportunity to receive eco-tourists, students and researchers but maintaining and safeguarding those eco-systems for generations to come.

Your CNS membership fees will in part help fund these programs. Donations are still needed and welcomed. Please donate to your favorite program either directly or by visiting as an eco-tourist.

Boeung Pearaing Nature & Environmental Education Centre

Beoung Pearaing is in the village of Sangkat Chhreav, 15km from the center of Siem Reap. This community lays on the edge of the Tonle Sap Lake flood plain. Each year during wet season the land floods which then provides fertile habitat for birds and fish. In 2014, locals noticed that the area appeared to be home for some critically endangered water birds. Since then the land has been designated a sanctuary for the protection of the birds, the mother fish and the mangroves.

To date the patrolling of all 250 hectares of this sanctuary has been done on a voluntary basis alone by the people of Chhreav village. For the long term sustainability of this area funding and resources will be required to continue the fight for the protection of the flora and fauna in their care.  

The Cambodian Nature Society in coordination with the Chhreav village volunteers look to establish a Beoung Pearaing Nature and Environmental Education Centre. This is a significant habitat in Cambodia due to the ebb and flow of the Tonle Sap. An Education Center here can offer vital learning for students and researchers to study this unique environment. In conjunction with the center, eco-friendly related activities such as camping, canoeing and of course bird watching will be organized. The revenue from these activities will help support the volunteers who protect the sanctuary and their families.

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Planned Activities

  • Tonlesap Ecological Study Centre
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing

Location

Video of Boeung Pearaing is sponsored by www.thegreenhome.org

Changkran Roy Nature & Environmental Education Centre

Located approximately 70km from Siem Reap, the Changkran Roy Community Forest is a popular spot for locals to relax. With a lovely stream flowing through it many come to swim in the forest. Covering an area of 9,000km this lowland evergreen forest is considered the last one in proximity to Siem Reap town and it is a treasure trove of flora and fauna.

There is currently a reasonable amount of information gathered regarding the bird population living here. However, more studies are needed to document mammals, insects and plants that call this small forest home. For this reason, CNS believes Changkran Roy is a prime location for an education center.

Currently the facilities are basic, mainly camping, but CNS would like to support the community by providing funding for eco-friendly accommodation facilities for visitors and research as well as training of locals for guides. This will provide opportunities for the community and for students and researchers to learn about this lowland forest.

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Planned Activities

  • Lowland Forest Ecological Study Centre
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Fauna Research
  • Flora Research

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Video of Changkran Roy is sponsored by www.thegreenhome.org

Stoung Bird Conservation

The seasonal floodplains of Cambodia provide fertile land for rice farming. Using the traditional manual methods of planting and harvesting rice has allowed the co-existence of wildlife and humans. However, recent transitions to machine farming and the building of dams in the area has resulted in the loss of grasslands and habitat of the critically endangered Bengal Florican bird. At this time there are two community protected grassland areas setup in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap for the Bengals protection.

CNS’s plan to support the Stoung area is by providing an observation platform for the rangers. This will make it easier for patrolling and offer a vantage point for bird watchers. The platform could also be used for camping and stargazing in the future. The economic spillover for the local community will be for services needed to support tourism via, guides, security and hospitality.

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Planned Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Star Gazing

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Critically endangered Bengal Florican bird

Bengal Florican Male

Lumphat Nature & Environmental Education Centre

Five hundred kilometers from Siem Reap, on the eastern side of Cambodia the terrain is dominated by deciduous dipterocarp forests. These “dry forest” ecosystems face extreme conditions of wet and dry. The trees are sparse with very minimal or no undergrowth as a result of the severe hot season.

Due to the stark terrain in this area, different types of species inhabit this particular eco-system including the critically endangered Cambodian national bird, the Giant Ibis. Other species that dwell in this area include the White-shouldered Ibis, the Wooly-necked Stork, Vultures and Eld’s deer.

The village of Phum Thmei is in charge of 250 hectares of conservation area within this forest range. CNS is looking to support an education center that would encourage bird watching, researchers and students with options for eco-tourism to include camping and star gazing.

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Education Centre
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Planned Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Star Gazing
  • Education Centre

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Critically endangered Giant Ibis

Giant-Ibis

Vulnerable Wooly-necked Stork

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