- Supports management and protection of 3000 km2 protected area, including more than 2300 km2 of forest
- Protects more than 1,000 recorded species, 75 of which are threatened with extinction
- Improves the livelihoods and well-being of 2,500 households (approximately 12,500 people) within 20 villages
The site is part of the ancestral home of a large number of ethnic Bunong indigenous people and of 75 globally threatened species.
The REDD+ project covers 166,983 ha of forest in KSWS. It aims to reduce carbon emissions from unplanned deforestation and degradation, while ensuring net biodiversity and community benefits through improving governance. It is a collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders, and implements activities through a holistic approach: strengthening legal mechanisms and political support, direct law enforcement, strengthening community natural resource management, and developing alternative livelihoods.
Through these efforts, 13.3 million tCO2e of emissions have been avoided between 2010 and 2017.
Significant ecosystem services such as carbon storage, Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), habitat quality, annual water yield, nutrient retention, sediment retention and recreation will be protected for the direct benefit to 12,500 local communities. The project area is the meeting place for two important ecoregions – the Annamite Mountains (notable for high levels of local endemism among evergreen forest species) and the lower Mekong dry forests (which are crucial for the survival of many species typical of lowland deciduous forests).
The project preserves forest that provides basic needs and cultural identity for over 2,500 households in 20 villages. The project supports alternative livelihoods that reduce deforestation providing income generation and skill development opportunities. It provides agricultural extension and infrastructure support increasing food security, incomes, and resilience to climate change. The project strengthens tenure rights of communities through facilitating the process for indigenous communal land titling (ICT) and community protected area (CPA).
The project is expected to result in emission reductions of 14 million tCO2e from avoided unplanned deforestation over the next 10 years. The project completed validation for VCS and the CCB Biodiversity Gold Standard on December 29th, 2014. It completed its first verification on April 4th, 2017 (2010 – 2015 vintages) and its second verification on November 26th, 2018 (2016 – 2017 vintages). There have not been any changes made to the management plan and/or baseline/project carbon calculations as a result of the verifications.
Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary is home to more than 1,000 species of animal, plant, and fungi – more than any other protected area in Cambodia – with 75 species threatened with extinction. KSWS holds the world’s largest populations of black-shanked douc and southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons, whose numbers are stable as a result of the project.