Cambodia, Thailand Partner to Strengthen Cross-Border Biodiversity Conservation

Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to work together to protect wildlife and ecosystems along their borders. The environment ministries of the two Mekong countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 31 January 2018 to jointly strengthen conservation efforts in transboundary forest areas.

The countries share a long border and common conservation challenges, such as deforestation and increasing elephant-human conflicts. 

The two countries will support each other to improve protected area management and forest connectivity in border areas of the Eastern Forest Complex and Cardamom mountains. The GMS Core Environment Program facilitated the agreement, which will focus on joint research, knowledge sharing, training, and monitoring activities.

The MoU signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Delegates attending the ceremony included Thailand’s environment minister, General Surasak Kanjanarat, Cambodia’s environment minister, Say Samal, and the director-general of ADB’s Southeast Asia Regional Department, Ramesh Subramaniam.

Biodiversity conservation, along with policy and planning support and climate resilience are key focus areas for CEP. Since it was launched in 2006, CEP has helped create 2.6 million hectares of biodiversity corridors and reduced poverty for 30,000+ rural people in seven transboundary landscapes. In 2015, CEP facilitated similar MoUs between environment agencies from Guangxi and Yunnan, PRC, with neighboring Lao PDR and Viet Nam.

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Publish Date: 12th February 2018

Last Updated: 14th February 2018

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