The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Conservation International (recommended by overseas office)

Building resilience and sustainability in the Cardamom Mountains watershed, Cambodia

Activity grant

Project Description

This project proposes to extend aspects of CI's successful work on the Tonle Sap lake, to the communities in the Cardamom Mountains watershed. With our local partner, ANKO, we will build upon existing ricefield fisheries improvement work, and recently established women's Savings Groups to develop a well rounded and holistic program. Our focus will be on improving community savings, improving environmental education; replanting lost forest; and continuing to strengethen the relationship between the fishing communities and the government. Overall we expect the project to provide lasting benefits to the target communities in the form of better capacity for NRM decision making, new forest to provide fish nursery ground in the monsoon, reduced reliance on unscrupulous money lenders, and better government-community linkages. [No. K17-0702]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2017 Activity Grants
Grant term
Two years (From October 2017 to September 2019)
Grant amount
9.878 million yen
Activity region
Pursat Province, Cambodia
The student replanting in flooded forest during the wetland day at Pursat

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Mr Sokrith HENG
Project organization
Conservation International
Greater Mekong and Timor Leste Development Manager: Virginia SIMPSON
Establishment Purpose
Vision: We imagine a healthy, prosperous world in which societies are forever committed to caring for and valuing nature, for the long-term benefit of people and all life on Earth. Mission: Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
Recent Activities
CI has recently conducted field work in two communities to identify opportunities and strategies for improving the knowledge of the community on environmental issues, build their ownership of natural resource management, and engage the villages in the replanting of forest that has been lost in their localities. As part of this strategy, CI conducted two 'night show' events to educate people about environment issues, pollution and wildlife hunting around their community. The Fisheries Coordination Team (FCT) at the sub-national level has also convened recently to solve many fisheries related problems in Pursat. Lastly, local schools participated in a forest replanting event attended by the Department of Environment in Pursat to celebrate World Wetland Day on February 2nd.
Number of Full-time employees: 996
WEB site
Voice of Representative
With this project we hope to make the people of the Cardamom Mountains watershed more resilient to climate change, including though replanting lost forests and teaching people how to protect their resources - both natural and financial. We expect to see a reduction in external debt and new confidence and skills in self-reliance.