Provincial Government Promotes an Integrated and Sustainable Development of the Mondulkiri Province with Launch of Provincial Spatial Planning Process
The open dry forests and evergreen hills that make up the Mondulkiri Province are home to many endangered species, including leopard, sun bear, banteng, giant and white-shouldered ibis, and three critically-endangered vulture species. The province is also part of a larger area designated for tiger reintroduction in Cambodia’s Eastern Plains Landscape, a major conservation success that could be critically disrupted by increased infrastructure development.
Spatial Planning is a participatory process which involves bringing all relevant stakeholders together to develop a well-informed and coordinated provincial development plan. “The plan is crucial for the sustainable development of the Province,” says Provincial Governor, H. E. Svay Sam Eang. “[It] should aim at integrating different uses of land to reach balanced territorial development ensuring economic efficiency, social justice, environmental sustainability and cultural identity.”
WWF-Cambodia is committed to working with the Provincial Government throughout the process to ensure the protection of critical wildlife habitat. Ineffective land management can lead to increased rates of illegal logging, jurisdictional complications, land grabbing, and unsustainable exploitation of forests and fisheries, all with inequitable effects on livelihoods of the poor.
“The Protected Areas of Mondulkiri are threatened by the uncoordinated development of economic activities such as mining, infrastructure and plantations of commodities like pepper and rubber” says Chhith Sam Ath, WWF-Cambodia Country Director. “The Spatial Planning is an opportunity to assess the impact of such development and to plan it in a way that would conserve key protected areas that are rich in biodiversity and ecosystem services.”
The European Union is financially supporting the Provincial Government in the implementation of this process. H.E. George Edgar, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Cambodia, says “the Mondulkiri Province is one of the first Provinces in Cambodia to start the process of an Ecosystem services-based Spatial Planning and the EU welcomes this commitment. The recent adoption of the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary (PPWS) and Lumpat Wildlife Sanctuary zonings is an important step forward towards preserving the precious Natural Capital of Mondulkiri’s Protected Area.”
For more information:
Mr. Un Chakrey, Communication Manager of WWF-Cambodia
Tel: +855 (0)17 234 555
WWF was established in Cambodia in 1995 as a part of the WWF Greater Mekong Programme. WWF’s mission in Cambodia is to ensure that there will be strong participation and support from all people to conserve the country’s rich biological diversity. Through the encouragement of sustainable use of natural resources, WWF-Cambodia promotes new opportunities for the benefit of all people, enhancing local livelihoods and contributing to poverty reduction in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Go to cambodia.panda.org for more information.
About the ‘Sustaining Biodiversity, Environmental and Social Benefits in the Eastern Plains Landscape’ Project (Funded by the EU):
This is a joint-project launched in December 2013 by WWF in collaboration with NTFP-EP, My Village, and RECOFTC, funded by the European Union. By 2020, the natural heritage and significant biodiversity of the EPL should be secured, ensuring protected habitat connectivity and the provision of environmental services and sustainable livelihoods to over 1.6 million ha.