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New project developed on taking a forest landscape approach to watershed managem


The project agreement signing ceremony was held on 18th March, 2015. Dr. Sokh Heng (Director of IRD-FA in Cambodia, left) and Mr. Qu Guilin (Executive Director of APFNet Secretariat, right) signed the agreement.

Following a feasibility study on taking the landscape approach to sustainable water management in the Prek Thnot watershed (located in Kampong Speu province in Cambodia), a field project was designed and developed.

The objective of the project is to build capacity and raise awareness on the concept of integrated watershed planning for central and local stakeholders through scientific assessments, analysis and participatory land use planning at the landscape level. The project also aims to improve community livelihood by promoting agroforestry and establishing community-based enterprises.

APFNet will contribute close to USD 500,000 to the project through an agreement with the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research Institute (IRD), the Executing Agency of this 3-year project.

The project team is currently conducting needs assessment to identify the most important ecosystem services and areas of downstream use in the Prek Thot watershed, as well as developing an integrated land use plan and forest restoration plan at the landscape level.