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Forestry Partnerships in Communities and Climate


Pact’s Forestry Partnerships in Commuities and Climate (FPCC) Program  is comprised of three projects that apply the organization’s abilities in the area of capacity building to help rural Cambodian communities protect their forest resources.

The FPCC Program, which was absorbed into Pact Cambodia’s operation in early 2009, has been active in the country since its 2003 founding. It aims to protect Cambodia’s threatened forests and watersheds by helping the communities living near them to generate sustainable livelihoods from forest resources, and to enact effective methods of safeguarding their forestland from encroachment.

In concert with the Government of Cambodia and like-minded NGOs, Pact is working to achieve these goals through the following key strategies:

  • Promoting and fostering effective partnerships between the community, local authorities and civil society organizations for improved natural resources management;
  • Facilitating the legalization and tenure security of community forests and community protected areas;
  • Supporting community-based non-timber forest product enterprises to create meaningful grass-roots incentives for conservation;
  • Securing financing for community forest protection and sustainable income-generation activities through the sale of carbon credits on the global market.

Program Activities

Pact Cambodia’s Forestry Partnerships in Communities and Climate (FPCC) consists of three core projects:

1. Community Forestry Establishment and Legal Tenure. FPCC has assisted more than 150 communities to submit their claim for stewardship of the forests near their villages. More than 150 sites have thus far received pre-approval and a growing number of these sites have received 15-year legal tenure. The program
supports mapping initiatives that delineate the area of community control, enabling more effective forest protection and reducing contentious encounters with competing interests.

2. Forest Livelihoods Program. FPCC is providing a range of services to aid in non-timber forest product (NTFP) enterprise development to more than 20 communities across four regions. These services include assistance in the formation of cooperatives, through which communities are able to better manage and benefit from resources such as
honey, rattan and resin. The program also includes a training component in which Pact staff help community participants to understand and utilize such techniques as resource assessment and inventory, community organizing and the use of sustainable techniques for harvesting, processing and marketing NTFPs. By increasing alternative income from the forest’s renewable resources, these programs help to decrease the pressure on timber resources, directly contributing to conservation.

3. Sustainable Financing through REDD Forest Carbon. In coordination with the Cambodian Forestry Administration and several NGO and donor partners, Pact initiated Cambodia’s first Reducing Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) project. The Community Forestry REDD project intended to facilitate the marketing of the carbon credits generated by safeguarding 13 community forests in Oddar Meanchey province, covering more than 64,000 hectares of forestland. In 2013, the Oddar Meanchey REDD+ credits were verified and put on the global voluntary carbon market, and had the distinction of being the first in the world to receive a “triple-gold” rating from the Community, Climate and Biodiversity Alliance. However, because offers to buy credits were not met with agreement, Pact had to suspend our activities due to lack of funds.
To learn more about the Oddar Meanchey Community Forestry REDD project, please visit the links below:

Oddar Meanchey  Community Forestry REDD+ Project Document Archive

Official Project Documents





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