Preserve habitats

Our goal for the Lower Mekong Dry Forests Ecoregion is to ensure that a representative and viable sample of all broad habitat units is conserved, and the ecological and evolutionary processes driving natural communities are preserved.

To maintain viable populations of many priority species in Cambodia, particularly elephants, wild cattle, and top carnivores, large areas of natural habitat are needed. There are currently several Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Eastern and Northern Plains landscapes.

At present the limitations of these protected areas lie in the shortage of government resources to manage them effectively, and a poor understanding by local communities of the economic and social benefits of well-managed protected areas. Cambodia boasts one of the largest proportions of protected areas in the region, but management in many of them needs to be considerably strengthened.

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