Create new sustainable development pathways for target villages by …alleviating poverty without habitat destruction through premium prices for wildlife friendly produceproviding access to new markets for small farmersinvolving community members in protected area management by piloting methods for resource tenurePilot sites – KulenPromtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Preah Vihear Protected Forest and Bengal Florican Conservation Area
In this and the other remote villages, traders, or middlemen, are the farmers’ only access to marketsWCS saw a new ‘Payment for Environmental Service’ (PES) opportunity: linking increased income from rice sales to conservation activities
Partner organizations help organize cooperatives, provide technical expertise – in agriculture and, as in SansomMlup Prey, marketing. WCS, in providing the initial impetus behind the project, oversees the land tenure work and the wildlife friendly scheme, having established natural resource committees in each of the villages we work in.
Subordinate to the villages’ natural resources committeeSMP facilitates Rules for membership Funding for infrastructure, inputs (small grants)Manage the buying and storage of Ibis RiceMonitor complianceUsing participatory processes, establish:Consequences for breaking rules and regulationsPremium price paid to members for malis riceProfit sharing scheme (for future use)Record-keeping mechanisms50 % VMN members are women
Participation increasing (39 – 82 – 118 families)Benefits to farmers increasingSales increasing initially, now holding steadyWildlife sightings increasingAll villages mapped for land tenure application8 Ibis Rice products with bar codes being soldPromotional materials produced
Increased income from premium paid for Ibis Rice10-15% above traders’ price for rice over 3 yearsTotal premium increased 65% over 3 yearsFarmers taught new techniques to improve yieldsBat roosts (photo) in 2 of the 4 villages will provide added natural fertilizerClimate change awareness raising workshop presents mitigation strategiesFarmers gain bargaining power over tradersMiddlemen raise their price to meet SMP’s costFarmers use VMN scales, not traders’Collective / participatory decision-making skills grow with each season’s paddy purchase processPaddy prices have to be agreed upon by all VMN membersVMN responsible for monitoring compliance
The project is working to recognize and define rights of communities who use the forests for their livelihood and income generation.NP sites use different laws but overall guiding principles and objectives are the same. In PVPF, mapping ongoing in 7 villages plus mapping and numbering individual resin trees of community members.Mapping completed in 6 villages plus one commune in KPWS.