Southern Cardamom

Project developed by Wildlife Works Carbon LLC

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Profile

location
Cambodia
verification
Verified Carbon Standard

Impact profile

Carbon avoidance

Methodology

Forest conservation and restoration (REDD+)

Protecting endangered forests from illegal tree cutting or planting trees in areas that have already been deforested.

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	Forest guard on River Patrol

About the project

The Southern Cardamom REDD+ initiative is a 445,000-hectare forest conservation project in one of the world's most valuable biodiversity hotspots, supporting over 50 IUCN threatened species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. The project aims to avoid an estimated 115 million tons of carbon emissions over its lifetime and is implementing interventions that look to involve the community, including improved access to education, agricultural intensification, and expanding the region's ecotourism.

Project impact to date

50 species
on the IUCN endangered list protected
3.86 MtCO₂e
mitigated on average each year since the project started in 2015
271 families
attended courses in sustainable agriculture

Sustainable development goals

The project supports 15 goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

No povertyZero hungerGood health and well-beingQuality educationGender equalityClean water and sanitationDecent work and economic growthIndustry, innovation and infrastructureReduced inequalitiesSustainable cities and communitiesResponsible consumption and productionClimate actionLife on landPeace, justice and strong institutionsPartnerships for the goals

4 - Quality education

The region has traditionally had low-levels of education as children are often required to work on family farms during the day. This contributes to the perpetuation of a cycle of poverty, which also furthers deforestation. As such, the project has the ambitious aim of ensuring education for all children through primary and secondary school. Other than support for educational facilities, the initiative will offer a scholarship fund to support middle and high school students in the project area.

15 - Life on land

Among the intended benefits of the project, one of the most significant is the conservation of highly important ecosystems and individual species. The avoided deforestation will support the habitat for at least 52 IUCN-listed threatened species, and 17 endangered and critically endangered species, including the Asian Elephant, and Hairy-nosed Otter. The project also includes part of the Cardamom Mountains Rainforest Ecosystem, one of the 200 most important conservation hotspots in the world.

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