Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (2011 onwards)

One of the major successes of CEP Phase I was the scaling up of its biodiversity conservation corridor pilot work.  In 2011, ADB approved grants and loans worth $69 million for Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam under a new project to further engage local communities in the sustainable management of important biodiversity landscapes.  

Administered by the ADB, the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project (BCC) will focus on biodiversity rich forest landscapes of the Cardamom Mountains and Eastern Plains Dry Forest in Cambodia, Tri-border Forest areas located in southern Lao PDR, and the Central Annamites in Viet Nam. 

Involving 19 districts in eight provinces and nearly 2 million hectares of forest and non-forest land, BCC will build on the CEP 2006-2009 pilot work undertaken at the Xe-Pian - Dong Hua Sao,  CardamomEastern Plains, and  Ngoc Linh - Xe Sap BCI sites. 

As under CEP, the BCC project will continue reducing ecosystem fragmentation through an integrated conservation and development approach. Capacity building and other support will aim to improve forest and land management as well as strengthen local livelihoods.

More than 34,000 households (over 150,000 people) are expected to benefit.

The GMS Environment Operations Center will provide ongoing technical support to the project.

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Guangxi Project Brief - Biodiversity Landscape and Livelihood

2nd March 2018

The GMS Core Environment Program (CEP) has been working with China's Guangxi Environmental Protection Department (GEPD) since 2006 to pilot biodiversity conservation initiatives in the Sino-Viet Nam Transboundary Biodiversity Landscape (TBL).

With its unique and vast karst formations, spread out across more than 40% of its land surface, the biodiversity conservation corridor pilot sites are located in southwest Guangxi stretching down to the borders of Viet Nam. CEP has supported the two environment agencies of Cao Bang and Guangxi provinces achieve significant restoration and conservation of the limestone forest and biodiversity in the region as well as the ecological integrity of gibbon habitats.

The brief entitled “Guangxi’s Biodiversity Landscape & Livelihood Project” entails the origin of the project, and milestones of the biodiversity landscape and corridor management, including key community-based conservation practices that improve ecosystem integrity and the living condition of surrounding communities, provincial support unit, strengthened transboundary cooperation on biodiversity conservation, and project outlook.      

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Cambodia, Thailand Partner to Strengthen Cross-Border Biodiversity Conservation

13th February 2018

Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to work together to protect wildlife and ecosystems along their borders. The environment ministries of the two Mekong countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 31 January 2018 to jointly strengthen conservation efforts in transboundary forest areas.

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