Resource Details

Wildlife Alliance Reforestation in Southwestern Cambodia

Project: Project - Nonprofit

Contact Info


  • Wildlife Alliance


Species Info

  • Chambok (local name)
  • Kreul / marak (local name); scientific name: melanorrhoea/gluta laccifera
  • Makak (maka) (local name)
  • Kokoh (local name); scientific name: sindora siamensis
  • Seurn Prey(local name)
  • Phaong Svay(local name)
  • Pring Chan(local name)
  • Preal Preus(local name)
  • Svay Sot(local name) (this would be some sort of mango I would guess as that's what "svay" is)
  • Korngkang
  • Sondaek Prey(local name)
  • Svay Prey (local name) (but would be something like wild mango)
  • Kontuot Prey (local name)
  • Samrong Phnea (local name)
  • Thnong (local name): scientific name: pterocarpus macrocarpus/pedatus
  • Trosek (local name): scientific name: peltophorum dasyrhachis
  • Sro Mow (local name): scientific name: lagestromia calyculata
  • Salath (local name)
  • Sambork Roving (local name)


Status: Active

  • The mission of this project is to develop alternative livelihoods for rural peoples based on reforestation, wildlife rescue and care, and forest management.
  • The reforestation program began in 2008 with a pilot project on 24 hectares of area deforested from many years of slash and burn agriculture in the Southern Cardamom Mountains. 
  • The aim of that project was to reconnect fragmented forests and preserve a continuous forested corridor.
  • The seeds used for reforestation were gathered from local mother trees in the forest and were germinated in the Chi Phat nursery. This nursery has a 1 million sapling capacity and consists of one greenhouse, 6 shade nets, and 6 open fields.
  • In 2008, 37,500 seedlings were planted on 21 ha of an area covered with Imperata cylindrica grass.
  • In 2009, 80 ha were planted in Koh Kong with 33 of those hectares planted in the Trapeang Rung Commune and the rest in the Chi Phat commune.
  • Seeds have been collected from 91 native species. In the 2009 project, 48 species were planted. Then the 19 species that performed the best were used in further planting efforts. All species are native.
  • In 2010, 180 ha were planted (160 in Chi Phat and 20 ha in Tatai). The general density of planting is 1000 saplings per hectare.
  • The 2010 planting used a much more systematic methods of plowing, applying manure, cutting grass (and using that grass as compost), and controlling for fires.

Geographical Region

  • Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems


  • Cambodia
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