Livelihoods and Communities

We collaborate with indigenous people to achieve a shared vision for a more secure and resilient future, where wildlife remains a visible, thriving, and culturally valued part of the wild places where our partners live and we work.

Their direct and continuing interest in the health of these systems has made indigenous peoples and local communities our best partners for conserving natural resources in the wild landscapes where we work.

At Veun Sai – Siem Pang National Park in Cambodia and Sariska Tiger Reserve in India, respectful engagement with indigenous peoples is a core feature of our approach to conservation, because we have shared interests in the conservation of the intact places they call home.

 At Veun Sai – Siem Pang National Park, five Indigenous villages partnering with us since 2007.

Key program objectives

  • Reduce reliance on bushmeat
  • Establish sustainable alternative livelihoods for communities, such as chicken, pig, fish farming, home gardening, fruits trees plantations.
  • Preserve domestic animal capital through annual deworming, vaccination campaigns for buffalos, cows, pigs, ducks, chickens.
  • Support to rice production through SRI, buffalos banks and mechanicals mules provision.
  • Support health programs through access to clean water
  • Support construction of infrastructures such as public houses.

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Program outcomes

  • Significant decreases in hunting of wildlife and the presence of bushmeat in village
  • Development of a domestic animal population and income generation through sale
  • Agricultural techniques acquired through trainings
  • Water sanitation programs to local communities.

Program results

• Nearly 1,500 beneficiaries of support for agricultural production, 142 training workshops (animal production, animal health, SRI, home gardening, etc.)
• 1,686 kg of seeds distributed over 90 ha planted in SRI over 30 ha of available home gardens surface (vegetables), 1,200 fruit trees planted. 1 seed shop created.
• 125 hh beneficiaries could collect on average 24.6 tons of rice / year (auto-consumption) and 3,364 kg of vegetables produced on average / year, by 58 hh beneficiaries.
• 5 buffalos banks created and 9 mechanical mules and 6 remorques (CBO)
• 182 chicken pens and 60 pigs pens built / 2,296 chicken and pigs distributed
• Sale of pigs and chickens distributed continues to report annual income of 4320 dollars to 100 beneficiaries
• 33,161 vet are acts conducted on domestic animals (deworming, deparatise, vaccination campaigns).
• 4 village animals health workers trained and provided with health care kit
• 1 vetshop created
• Production, auto-consumption and income:
+46% of rice production, +56% of vegetable production, +40 % of chicken production, +33% of pig production.
-65% of animal mortality, -68% of expenses for plowing.
+89% of chicken eaten , +74% of vegetables eaten.
+50% income from chicken, +20% from pig, +47% from veg.

• 24 performed well providing access to safe water to nearly 2,800 people
• 4 community houses built (used as village hall , the constructions respects the architecture of the ethnic minority).

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