Community rangers

At the time of the massive destruction of biodiversity, we choose to work on the front line with local communities.

12 months patrol efforts/ year by community wardens and park rangers.
208 people worked as community wardens (139%) an average of 63 patrols/year.

Our strategies include:

  • Develop a long-term strategy for addressing the threats from wildlife poaching&trading and large&small-scale logging.
  • Engage indigenous peoples and local communities to reduce forest crimes and provide key incentives to conserve and to prevent others from poaching wildlife and logging luxury wood.
  • Provide technical support to community rangers and financial support to law enforcement departments to ensure wildlife conservation laws are strong and enforced effectively.
  • Collaborate with the Ministry of Environment and local communities to design and implement forest use management practices that are wildlife friendly as well as compatible with human developmental aspirations.

Achievements

• Community Protected Area are registered and recognized by MoE
• Community patrols are created and in place
• Monitoring of forest crimes and data base with quality information are created
• Veun Sai Siem Pang Network is created
• VSSPN initiates a collaboration with existing national network

The application to be CPA membership were completed.
 Completed all relevant and legal documents which including statutes, internal rule and the preliminary mapping. The remained work is only the official CPA map, which it needs to wait the Ministry’s representative to check and verify.
 The CPA’s documents for the local authorities’ approval are being processed.
 The members of community warden could use the trained skill of basic SMART Book, to record and to report during forest patrol and gibbon patrol.
 The project staff increased skill on SMART Book to coach and mentor the community warden.
 The technical SMART Book report system is set up for reporting and monitoring.
 The project had technically conducted the Satellite Imagery Ground-Truthing for baseline and forest/land covered changes.

  • Evergreen forest increased (because it spreads and covers on the areas of deciduous forest).
  • Deciduous forest decreased (because it became as the Evergreen forest and covers on the areas.)
  • Poaching rates decreased as demonstrated in the SMART reports.
  • 12 months patrol efforts/ year by community wardens and park rangers.
  • 208 people worked as community wardens (139%) 63 patrols/year, and total 325 days. 1498.74 km
  • Removed 20 snares/year from the forest (vs 159 wildlife snares removed in 2016). Average population of gibbon (observation by wardens): 54 individuals.

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