Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US conservationist receives $20K grant from ministry

US conservationist receives $20K grant from ministry

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ben Davis is presented a $20,000 grant for protecting and preserving forest and wildlife. Ministry of Environment

US conservationist receives $20K grant from ministry

AMERICAN conservationist Ben Davis has received a grant of $20,000 from the Ministry of Environment for protecting and preserving forest and wildlife within the Phnom Tnout-Phnom Pok Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province’s Sangkum Thmei district.

The donation was made during a fund-raising concert under the theme No forest, No Life in Sangkum Thmei district on Sunday.

The ministry’s secretary of state and spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the government will continue to promote cooperation with relevant parties in its conservation efforts.

“Not only $20,000 but we have a lot more to offer him and will continue to support him for the next five years so that he can pursue his projects."

“The money is from the ministry’s Environment and Social Fund and also from companies in the private sectors that make contributions to conservationists’ environmental protection efforts,” he said.

Pheaktra said Prime Minister Hun Sen has advised the ministry to protect conservationists and to collaborate with other relevant non-governmental organisations in preserving natural resources.

He said the ministry has been working closely with NGOs and local communities, including the Prey Lang Community Network to patrol forests and address challenges faced by conservationists.

Speaking with The Post on Monday, Davis said he was pleased with the ministry’s contribution, adding he will first spend $10,000 to build a road that connects the sanctuary with villages in the communities.

Davis will also allocate $5,000 to offset villagers’ loss of crops due to wild animals and another $5,000 to develop the local communities.

With the ministry’s promise of financial support for another five years, Davis said the fund will not only help promote conservation efforts but also improve the local communities’ livelihood.

“The ministry has given me the opportunity to pursue development projects in the area … Through the fund, I will contribute all to [conservation and] community development,” he said.

Khieu Borin, head of the ministry’s General Department of Local Communities who handed over the funds to Davis during the Green Concert, reiterated the ministry’s financial support for his conservation projects for the next five years.

Borin said the government’s ongoing support is meant to encourage Davis and the local communities, who have made significant contributions to environmental causes, to pursue their conservation activities at the Phnom Tnout-Phnom Pok wildlife sanctuary in Preah Vihear province.

“The government encourages relevant parties and citizens to take part in our natural resource protection,” he said.

Hailing from Oregon, US, Davis and his Australian wife, Sharyn, have settled in Cambodia since the early 1990s.

With local support, the environmental activist has established a forest community in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district, which has become a part of the Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary.

MOST VIEWED

  • All Covid restrictions for inbound travellers lifted

    Cambodia has apparently taken the final step towards full reopening of the country without Covid-19 restrictions by removing all requirements for inbound travellers, who until now had to show health certificates indicating that they have tested Covid-19 negative in the past 72 hours as well as

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Cambodia stands firm on 5PC: No invite for Myanmar to ASEAN Summit this year

    Cambodia has not invited Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairman of Myanmar’s ruling State Administration Council (SAC), to the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit and related meetings scheduled for next month in Phnom Penh. The government will instead invite a non-political representative from Myanmar

  • Mushrooming borey projects and home financing – a cause for concern?

    A spurt in housing developments is typically a sign of a growing economy but underneath all that might lay some anxiety of credit growth as developers offer financing to buyers at higher rates, an activity the central bank identifies as ‘shadow banking’ Earlier this year,

  • Thai Senate delegates in Cambodia to discuss anti-graft co-op

    A delegation from Thailand's Senate was in Phnom Penh on September 28 to meet their Cambodian counterparts to discuss strategies for fighting corruption and enhancing cooperation. The Thai delegates were from its Senate’s Committee on Studying and Inspecting Corruption, Misconduct and Strengthening Good Governance. They

  • Scholarship winner tells secrets to success

    Chhim Chaknineath was awarded the Chevening Scholarship for one year of postgraduate study in the UK for the academic year 2022-2023 along with a group of 10 other outstanding students who applied. She spent more than a year researching and studying – as well as consulting with