Engaging Cambodian communities in conservation through financial incentives
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through its investment in the Indo-Burma Hotspot, the Wildlife Conservation Society (Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) aimed to secure core populations of a suite of globally threatened bird species at four sites in Cambodia through a series of innovative conservation interventions focusing on providing direct incentives to local communities.
One of these incentives was developing wildlife-friendly farming schemes, including locally branded "Ibis Rice," in the Northern Plains and the Bengal Florican Conservation Area. This initiative encourages farmers to engage in conservation by offering them a premium price for their rice (about 10 percent above otherwise market value) if they agree to abide by conservation agreements that are designed to protect the areas used by the Critically Endangered waterbirds and other globally threatened species.
Now, the WCS reports that its Ibis Rice project has recorded a production surplus for the first time in its five-year history. Read more about the export of Ibis Rice here.