In partnership with the government of Cambodia, the project agreement is already in place to protect them in perpetuity. They face the most intense pressures and need our urgenthelp. Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the sanctuarys formal designation next year, NatureLifes ambition is impressively bold but nothing less than Lomphat merits. Concessions and land encroachment are the crucial pressures faced by Lomphat, Bou explains. One million acres of this rich forest landscape and diverse wildlife population are now protected by the Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary NGO for future generations to see and enjoy. Since BirdLife developed the IBA concept during the 1980s, 13,500 IBAs have been identified worldwide, all also classified as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) as they contribute to the global persistence of biodiversity. As a global Partnership, we believe in internationalism. For that Giant Ibis foraging beside the Lomphat traepang, this combination of planned outcomes would be very good news indeed. In Australia, Bruny Island was identified as a KBA in Danger during 2017. These were formalized in 2016, becoming the nations largest protected area. Argentina should shortly sign into law the creation of Ansenuza National Park, incorporating Mar Chiquita, South Americas largest salt lake, which is frequented by up to a million waterbirds. Learn more at www.conservation.org/preylang. By 2020, the condition of over half the sites assessed was deemed to be very unfavourable an illustration of our attitude towards nature. These vital places, all in dire need of conservation action, are spread across 48 countries on six continents. And then there are other globally threatened taxa, including Siamese Crocodile (Critically Endangered), Asian Elephant (Endangered) and two bovids, Banteng (Endangered) and Gaur (Vulnerable). Its 250,000 hectares form part of the Lower Mekong Dry Forests, one of the worlds 200 most important ecoregions. Fortunately, Lomphats story is not all gloom, let alone doom. But conservation is rarely so simple. They lead to habitat loss and are followed by hunting and snaring of birds and mammals.. Through the Ibis Rice program, we are working to improve local communities' livelihoods in partnership with the local nonprofit group Sansom Mlup Prey. Registered address: 24730 Long Valley Road, Hidden Hills, LA, CA 91302 USA Designed by EB, Support Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary - Sign up to Ecoflix today, Disbursement, Distribution and Grant Making Policies. Vorsak Bou, CEO of NatureLife Cambodia (BirdLife Partner) identifies a series of globally threatened birds that depend on the Lomphat IBA, including using its waterholes for drinking and foraging during the dry season. Conservation International have been researching Prey Lang since 2005 and are now working directly with communities, the private sector and government to improve law enforcement, establish sustainable livelihoods, and implement sustainable financing solutions based on forest carbon. Infrastructure also imperils Portugals Tejo (or Tagus) Estuary, which lies adjacent to the national capital of Lisbon and hosts over 100,000 waterbirds, more than half comprising wintering Black-tailed Godwits (Near Threatened). Through the sale of these carbon credits we aim to finance long-term forest protection. At Lomphat, even the supporting cast are stars. Many communities collect and sell resin, honey, rattan, bamboo and wild fruits directly from the forest. It is home to 538 plant species and 80 percent of the most endangered indigenous tree species in Cambodia. We have translated as much content in your language as our resources allow. The project is focused on protecting and restoring 25,000 acres of jungle, located an hour north of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. Roughly the size of the island of Mauritius, Lomphat intersperses dry deciduous woodland with evergreen forest, and seasonally flooded grassland with farmland. One element involves incentivising local communities to manage the forest sustainably, in ways that not only help conserve key flagship species such as Giant Ibis but also, critically, enhance their own livelihoods. Of the 13,000 lmportant Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife worldwide, 277 are most severely under threat. The Secretariat also enlists the support of other international conservation organisations through the KBA Partnership and enhances BirdLife Partners national campaigns, including through direct engagement with decision-makers and by mobilising expertise to where it is most needed. Communities have been helped to use natural resources sustainably and financially incentivised to favour wildlife-friendly agriculture, including IBIS Rice, for which farmers receive a premium if they maintain environmental standards. The sites face many and varied problems from pervasive agricultural encroachment on forests to infrastructural development at wetlands which fundamentally boil down to tensions between the needs of people and those of wildlife. Still, more work is needed to connect these communities to markets. It includes a variety of habitats, from rainforest to grasslands to marshes. BirdLife Australia has been lobbying decision-makers to strengthen nature legislation, protect Swift Parrot breeding habitat and invest in the future job creation and economic benefits that intact forests can provide to local communities. As a part of this REDD+ project (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) we've helped to quantify forest carbon stocks, provided training to local and provincial governments to monitor the tropical forest, and provided support for improving livelihoods and law enforcement training. Meanwhile, new roads are cutting into sensitive areas, breaking up habitats and facilitating access for illegal logging and poaching. Many of the most prized timber species, such as rosewood, are already very scarce, and loggers have begun to remove other valuable species. But without Bruny we have no chance. Conservation International has been researching Prey Lang to better understand its ecological value since 2005. In addition, we are developing a carbon project to ensure sustainable financing is available to protect the Prey Lang forest for the benefit of all. This year NatureLife will complete fuller baseline surveys of ibis populations. Two million people live around this IBA in Danger, and a proposed new airport risks juxtaposing aircraft and bird flight paths never a safe combination, for birds or people.
Despite having already suffered conversion of 80 per cent of its coastal wetlands, Canadas Fraser River Delta still supports over 1.7 million birds annually, with 30 species exceeding global or national criteria for designation as an IBA. It is the BirdLife Secretariat, through its IBA Programme, that puts all this evolving information together to deliver a global perspective. Prey Lang provides critical refuge to 55 threatened species, including gibbons, Asian elephants and nearly 45 percent of all of Cambodias bird species and one-third of the countrys bat species. Bou explains how BirdLife in Cambodia is addressing the most urgent pressures facing the IBA. Argentina Mar Chiquita (future Ansenuza National Park), Image: Tagus Estuary Lisbon Portugal Paulo_Valdivieso. The Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) was created to protect and conserve the unique animals and remarkable habitat of Cambodia. Protecting the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Zoltan Waliczky (BirdLifes Global IBA Programme Co-ordinator) explains that the Secretariat advocates for safeguarding IBAs in Danger at the international level, such as through the Ramsar Convention or at development banks. To support the designation of this area as a legally protected wildlife sanctuary, we worked with various levels of government to help define the sanctuarys boundaries across four provinces. Together with our partners, the Cambodian Ministry of Environment and the Japanese company Mitsui and Co., we are implementing a carbon project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by protecting the Prey Lang forest, and improving livelihoods and law enforcement practices. Unfortunately, the illegal wildlife trade is flourishing in Prey Lang. Vital sites, such as Cambodias Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, are home to globally threatened birds such as Giant Ibis and other IBA trigger species. Conservation International has delivered training to support these sustainable activities. These steps are already working. Most of them rely directly on the habitat for their subsistence and livelihoods. Hulking past a seasonal waterhole called trapaengs here in Cambodia the shadowy form of a Giant Ibis probes soft mud with its immense, downcurved bill. Concessions and land encroachment are the crucial pressures faced by Lomphat. Bou also envisages bolstering local capacity such that communities take a key role in protecting the forest and its globally threatened species. In 2013, BirdLife launched the IBAs in Danger initiative to identify and showcase the most threatened IBAs. Over 250,000 people live in and around the sanctuary and almost all rely directly on this nature for subsistence and livelihoods. Once densely forested and rich in biodiversity, this area has been significantly impacted by illegal logging and poaching. Our science helped define the boundaries of this protected area, Cambodias largest. Critically, it aims to expand living space available for these and other globally threatened birds so that, Bou says, they have greater breeding success. In 2013, the Cambodian government gave BirdLife Internationals Cambodia Programme its blessing to strengthen protection of Lomphat. They lead to habitat loss and are followed by hunting and snaring of birds and mammals. From 2010 to 2018, an average of 3.3 per cent of Lomphats forests were felled every year. BirdLife International. NatureLife anticipates beefing up the partnerships that manage, protect and enforce the law at Lomphat. Stabilizing Our Climate by Protecting and Restoring Nature. Lomphats tale of troubled importance is all too familiar. Rangers are patrolling key zones and employees of concession-holders are moving away from illegal hunting and trapping. Conservation International has been working in Prey Lang since 2005. However this vital forest is under significant pressure from human activity. Both Greater Adjutant (Endangered) and Lesser Adjutant (Vulnerable) stalk the channels. Established in 1993, Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary carries remarkable significance for wildlife. Conservation International is working to protect this critical forest for people, nature and climate in Southeast Asia. Prey Langs forests are under intense pressure from agriculture, the primary livelihood in the area. Families of the worlds tallest flying bird, Sarus Crane (Vulnerable), elegantly lope through the grasslands. All rights reserved. As well as around 50 Giant Ibises perhaps one sixth of the global population, which is almost entirely confined to Cambodia there are internationally important numbers of White-shouldered Ibis and Red-headed Vulture.