Preservation of the Cardamoms
UNESCO Phnom Penh Office is working towards preserving one of the most pristine regions in mainland South East Asia: The Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia which hold one of the last intact wild forests. This site is an important ecosystem, both for species and for people. These forested mountains represent some of the region’s largest remaining habitats for threatened species including tiger and guar. At the same time, signs of human presence during prehistoric times have been identified in the area.
However, threats and problems are mounting rapidly in the Cardamom Mountains: Illegal logging, wildlife hunting, forest clearing, etc. which may lead to a devastating forest loss. UNESCO Phnom Penh Office is therefore working towards the sustainable management of the site and its natural resources.