USAID Greening Prey Lang, Cambodia
Across northeastern Cambodia, Tetra Tech is conserving biodiversity, combatting deforestation, improving governance, and promoting sustainable economic growth.
The Prey Lang Extended Landscape covers more than 3.3 million hectares of forest, watersheds, and agricultural land in northeastern Cambodia. It is home to more than 1 million people, numerous protected areas; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage sites; and dozens of endangered animal and plant species. The vast diversity and beauty of this landscape is under severe threat from deforestation, illegal logging, wildlife trafficking, and the impacts of climate change.
To address these challenges, Tetra Tech is leading the implementation of the U.S. Government’s flagship Cambodian environmental project, United States Agency for International Development Greening Prey Lang (USAID GPL). Through three offices and with the support of more than 120 staff, Tetra Tech and its partners, Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International, are leading an integrated approach to promote conservation-friendly, resilient, and low-emission sustainable economic development.
This approach addresses the direct and indirect links between ecosystem health, economic opportunity, and inclusive access to opportunities, decision-making, and sustainable development. Through USAID GPL, Tetra Tech is improving participation and evidence-based decision making in Cambodia’s management of its forests and biodiversity to lower greenhouse gas emissions, create economic opportunities for rural people, and mobilize investment in forest carbon, ecotourism, and sustainable agriculture.
Since late 2018 USAID GPL has:
- Supported the development and improved functionality of 105 community-based natural resource management groups
- Developed a joint patrol initiative and supported community patrols to promote participation in law enforcement planning and implementation, engaging over 4,500 community members
- Established a mobile ranger station program in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary to increase law enforcement presence in strategic locations
- Trained more than 450 park rangers, community members, local authorities, and other stakeholders to use new technologies for more efficient and effective law enforcement
- Initiated the Protected Area Monitoring Platform (PAMP) to improve monitoring of protected areas for illegal activities, establishing headquarters in two of the four target provinces
- Improved economic and livelihood co-benefits for more than 100,000 people through livelihood development activities and support for community-based natural resources management groups
- Completed a REDD+ feasibility study for five protected areas and initiated development of the Northern Plains Landscape REDD+ project
- Leveraged more than US $1.8 million in funding from international and domestic sources to support sustainable landscape and climate change adaptation activities
- Improved biophysical conditions on more than 1 million hectares of protected areas