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					  PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MLUP
BAITONG AND KEIDANREN NATURE
     CONSERVATION FUND




THE TV MEETING, AUGUST 10, 2007

               Presenter:
Sim Kong, Program Development Manager
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I- Mlup Baitong Background
Mlup Baitong (MB) was established in 1998 as a
project of the Great Britain NGO
It became independent in 2001
It was officially localized in 2003
Thematic area: Environment Education, Natural
Resource Management (CF/CPA), and Community
Based Eco-Tourism (CBET)
Vision: Cambodians will manage and use natural
resources in a sustainable & equitable manner for a
healthy environment.
Mission: To support the protection of the environment
in Cambodia by increasing awareness and promoting
sustainable use of natural resources while improving
people's livelihood.

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I- Mlup Baitong Background (cont.)

Current project
target areas:
Kampong Speu,
Kampong Thom,
and Stung Treng
provinces
During the last 6
years, Mlup
Baitong has
been supported
by around 20
donors including
Keidanren
Nature
Conservation
Fund (KNCF).
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  II. COOPERATION BETWEEN
           MB&KNCF
From 2002 to 2004, MB received the total
amount of US$44,000 from KNCF as grants for
co-funding of Chambok CBET Project (Kg.
Speu)
From 2005 to 2006 MB received the total
amount of US$21,000 from KNCF as grants for
co-funding of School Eco-club Project (Kg.
Speu)
In 2007 MB received the amount of US$15,000
from KNCF as grant for co-funding of CBF
Project (Kg. Thom)
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  III. Chambok CBET Project
          Achievement
The
Chambok
CBET Project
Location:
It is located in
the remote
jungle area of
northeastern
border of
Kirirom
National Park
in Chambok
Commune,
Phnom Sruich
district,
Kampong Speu                  5
province
    III. Chambok CBET Project
         Achievement (cont.)
Chambok CBET Project achievement:
- The Management Committee (MC), Its bylaw, and
Community Regulations was established
- All necessary infrastructure and facilities have been
constructed. Those include forest trails, trail stairs,
small bridges, an entrance fee ticket-sales booth, an
entrance gate, rest shelters, a 96-square-meter
Information Center, a 380-square-meter botanical
nursery with water supply system, ox-carts, toilets, 20
home stays, a 40-square-meter restaurant, a car
parking lot, and vending cottages.
- Relevant tourism services including entrance fee
collection, car parking, ox-cart riding, tourist guiding,
food preparation, souvenir vending, traditional dancing
performance, and home stay have been established.

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  III. Chambok CBET Project
       Achievement (cont.)
Chambok CBET Project Technical Inputs:
All MC members and service providers have been
trained on environmental issues, meeting facilitation
skills, problem solving, report writing, micro-
project/business designing, project implementation
and management, implementation of relevant laws,
forest protection methods, and tourism service
techniques and management. The last includes
teaching on community based ecotourism concepts,
bookkeeping, accounting, financial management,
tour guiding, first-aid, hygiene and sanitation, basic
English conversation and computer skills. In
addition, the concept of Self Help Group (SHG) was
also introduced to the Women Association.
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 IV. Chambok CBET Project
         Outcome
Attracting people including service providers,
villagers and local visitors to participate in
keeping the ecotourism site clean, green,
and sustainable.
More than 1,100 ha of forests have been
properly managed and illegal activities,
which were very often happened in those
areas, have mostly been abolished. While
around 100 villagers who previously involved
in logging/hunting have become farmers,
tourist guides or tourism service providers.


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 IV. Chambok CBET Project
       Outcome (cont.)
72 charcoal kilns that operated in the project
site and consumed hundreds of trees every
day, before the establishment of this
ecotourism project, were completely
eliminated. These charcoal kilns were
responsible for severe destruction of forest.
Also in the surrounding forest areas, which
are connected with Chambok CBET site, no
major destruction of natural resources
occurred, thus allowing the forest a proper
chance to regenerate.

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 IV. Chambok CBET Project
       Outcome (cont.)
As a result of building capacity of MC
members, most of them can develop and
implement a plan of improving facilities of
the site by themselves. Currently, around
60% of project activities, which previously
done by the project staff, have been planned
and implemented by MC members. The
improvement of MC members’ capacity is an
invaluable outcome that sustains the project.


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 IV. Chambok CBET Project
       Outcome (cont.)
From the
opening in
2003 up to
2006, the
number of
visitors and
revenues
have steadily
increased
except in 2005
due to the
transportation
difficulty.
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  IV. Chambok CBET Project
        Outcome (cont.)
About 500 households directly benefit from this
project through increased access to non-timber forest
resources and sale of agricultural products. Further
300 people have been employed in ecotourism
services on rotational basis, improving their
livelihoods.
In 2006, the total benefits generated by the
community from all tourism services amounted to
more than US $10,000. It is expected to significantly
increase in 2007
 By mid-2007, the Community Fund savings has
accumulated to US $5,000.
The emigration of young villagers to cities has
significantly declined.

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              V. Chambok CBET
               Project Impact
From January 2006 to June 2007, 47 delegations including national
and internatn’l NGO workers, university students, researchers,
government officials, and internatn’l delegations, visited the site.
Most of them came to visit Chambok to learn from best practices of
Chambok CBET Project.
It has been recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as a good model
of Pro-poor CBET in Cambodia.
In early 2006 the Project was given an award for its successful
efforts to involve the Chambok Commune Council in its activities
by the Commune Council Support Project (CCSP),
In July 2006 the project received a Bronze Medal from the Prime
Minister through the Ministry of Environment for best practice in
natural resource protection and community livelihood
improvement.                                                      13
  VI. Chambok CBET Project
        sustainability
A micro-project approach in which the MC members
are trained to design and implement activities for
management, maintenance and development of the
site by themselves, has been observed as
successful in strengthening ownership of MC
members toward CBO establishment.
Currently around 60% of the project activities are
being implemented by MC members.
The incomes generated from the tourism services is
enough for self-support.
This indicator has showed the way to sustain the
project.



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VII. School Eco-club Project
         Achievement
35 School Eco-clubs in 3 districts of
Kampong Speu have been established
35 school Eco-club Teachers and 35 School
Principals have been trained on ToT of
environment
More than 1,200 school students have been
selected and trained on environment and
eco-club activities to be eco-club members
15 School Eco-clubs have already become
clean and green schools and be able to run
by themselves
2 School Eco-clubs have become Model
School Eco-clubs that we call
“Demonstration Site” and another 3 have
been nominated as “Extension Centers”.       15
VII. School Eco-club Project
      Achievement (cont.)
8 issues of the environmental newsletters
namely “My Environment “ were published
and distributed to all 35 School Eco-clubs
and some other schools.
11 mini Environmental Libraries Have been
established.
 Thousands of trees have been planted
inside and outside the schools
All 35 School Eco-clubs have improved their
waste management systems.
Most of School Eco-clubs have improved
their school gardens.

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VIII. School Eco-club Project
            Impact
School eco-club members, teachers and
principals have applied ideas of good
environment at their homes and in their daily
lives.
The Provincial Department of Education has
requested other schools to learn experiences
on school environment improvement form
the School Eco-clubs.
School-Eco-club approach was requested to
replicate to other schools in Kg. Speu
Province.
School Eco-club approach was replicated to
other provinces by some National and
international NGO and projects.
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IX. School Eco-club Activity
       Sustainability
Recently, the subject of environment was
integrated into school curriculum
The ideas of eco-club approach have been
welcome by almost educational
administrators and teachers in the target
areas.
Around 20% of Priority Action Plan (PAP)
budget of each school has been allocated for
school environment improvement
All school eco-clubs which were graduated
from the project have continued improving
their school environment.

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR YOUR ATTENTION!


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