Cambodia maintains roughly 46 percent forest cover and is home to the third-largest lowland dry evergreen forest in Southeast Asia, with 2,300 plant species, 14 endangered animals, and one of seven elephant corridors left in the world. 

Deforestation and wildlife crimes continue to threaten Cambodia’s forests and biodiversity. USAID activities support communities to sustainably manage non-timber forest products, promote ecotourism, and expand climate-sensitive agriculture for improved livelihoods. These activities benefit local communities who receive revenue from carbon sequestration, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and provide support to engage in sustainable forest management. 

Cambodia is widely recognized as both a major source and transit country for illegal wildlife trade; USAID supports the fight against wildlife trafficking in coordination with other U.S. government agencies.


Over the past five years USAID has:

  • Helped more than 318,000 people reap economic benefits of sustainable natural management and conservation. 

  • Reduced over 25 million metric tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from deforestation and land use change.

  • Improved the management of natural resources of more than 3 million hectares of land. 


More about USAID/Cambodia’s work in Environment and Global Climate Change: USAID/Cambodia - Sustainable Economic Growth Factsheet

USAID helps Cambodia protect and benefit from its abundant natural resources by teaching communities to better manage and conserve its forests.
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