Distribution of forest patrolling tools in two Community Forests of Kampong Thom and Kampong Chhnang Provinces
Over-exploitation has significantly reduced most Rosewood species, which has led to local and even regional extinctions. Illegal harvesting, even of roots, continues, even in protected areas. In this sense, patrolling has a relevant role in safeguarding these species.
Two communities, one in Kampong Thom and another one in Kampong Chhnang Province, were selected for receiving forest patrolling tools by the Darwin Initiative project due to their high number of Dalbergia cochinchinensis and D.oliveri trees, as well as their active participation in guarding their community forests.
In these communities, fuelwood collection and land encroachment threaten greatly both species of Dalbergia. Additionally, there will be more pressure in these lands when a new bridge and road are built. Therefore, the distribution of forest patrolling tools to both communities is highly relevant for the conservation of these species.